Middlemist Red are inspired by psych-rock and synth wave. Their new album, ‘The Other Side of Nowhere’ is inspired by the Wild West and has a soundtrack to match. It brings in Hungarian Folk sounds and tribal elements, which work very well to create a massive sound. The album was written during the pandemic and then recorded into Ableton.
It is clear to me that a lot of thought has gone into the album. ‘Grip of the Sun’ has an addictive guitar riff which takes the listener on a journey as they’re riding through the sun. ‘Don’t Let the Sunlight Catch You Cryin’ reminds me of Arcade Fire because the guitars create a beautiful wall of sound. ‘Blue Moon’ is the best song on the album because the passionate vocals and guitars in the background make the listener feel alive. I love the guitar solo because it adds character and energy.
‘Get Back’ is another very good song, with a psychedelic guitar solo working very nicely with the distorted bass. This works very well because it shows that even in dark times, the protagonist can still move forward. It sums up the positive vibes on this album.
I like this record because it reminds me of a film score. It makes the listener feel solidarity and resilience, ready to tackle any situation.
Words by Ermis Madikopoulos