Break is an off-kilter post-punk jam, reimagining the 70’s art-rock of bands like Television with a highly polished synth-pop veneer. Opening with a motorik synth bass-line that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Kraftwerk record (or even the Stranger Things soundtrack), the track is gradually fleshed out with detailed instrumentation incorporating delicate vocal harmonies and jagged echoey guitar licks that cut right across the mix.
Break, the new single from Sydney’s Midlife, showcases a subtle evolution of their sound, and has been gifted a pleasingly lo-fi, spaced-themed video.
According to the band, Break is the first song Midlife have written from scratch during rehearsal and they therefore see it as “the first true representation of the band’s aesthetic”. It follows on from their 2018 singles Kavorvka and You & Me, and Right Down, which dropped in March of this year.
The trippy video (directed by Oliver Heath) is a vivid exploration of colour and space (in both senses of the word). Juxtaposing colour-saturated footage of the moon and rockets entering orbit with the band performing (seemingly in alien costumes), it builds in intensity as the song progresses, with the imagery becoming increasingly frenetic and abstract as it reaches its climax.
These may still be relatively early days for this Sydney outfit, but judging by the quality of what we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes out of Midlife.
In the meantime, do yourself a favour and watch the new video above.