Middle Kids have released a new song, ‘Highlands’. Following recent single ‘Bootleg Firecracker’, the track was produced by Jonathan Gilmore and comes with a music video directed by Toby Morris. Check it out below.
“Since I was young, I’ve had this yearning to be free,” lead singer Hannah Joy said of ‘Highlands’ in a press release. “In this song I used an image of the ‘highlands’ as a euphoric place where I have the space to be me, and you have the space to be you. Part of the imagery comes from my Scottish heritage, which my grandmother was always so proud of. I recorded some big slow piano chords which Tim mangled into the atmospheric hits in the intro.”
“When we finished the song with Jon Gilmore in the UK, he thought it was important that the song felt punky, like a bunch of teenagers practising in their garage,” Joy continued. “So, there are these 2 energies fighting it out – the constricted energy of the domestic space and the wide open energy of the highlands. We have a friend who calls this kind of music ‘yearncore’. It’s that impatient energy that says, ‘I can’t keep waiting, I need a change’.”