Debut albums can sound like a group lucked into a sound they’ll never recapture, or in the case of Middle Children’s Earth Angel, a refined result of shared background and years spent putting in the work. The auteur of Middle Children is Patrick Jennings, who writes, arranges, and records the band from his home in Bloomington, Indiana. His music became known to most initially through his band Hot New Mexicans, and later Purple 7. Jennings left Purple 7, a multi-songwriter group, to play music with childhood friend, Ginger Alford, formerly of the band Good Luck. The team enlisted a handful of musicians to make Earth Angel, include Kyle Houpt, Christopher Butcher, and Matt Tobey.
Earth Angel remains sparse and economical, despite additions of multiple guitars, piano, synth, or upright bass. Jennings’s voice is given plenty of space, allowing the listener to catch the many nuances in his delivery, how each syllable seems to emote, quickly shifting from vulnerable to confident, a whisper to a shout. He brings intensity to otherwise melody-driven songs, catching you off guard. An image of Jennings as the songwriter emerges – a hermit of sorts whose focus and dedication brings others warmly into the fold. Together they bring these songs to life, lest Jennings forever be “echoing in [his] shell”
Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing the band’s video for “True,” which was produced by Eric Ayotte and which you can enjoy below.
(Catch the band on tour here:
March 3 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light*
March 4 Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown*
March 5 Richmond, VA – Gallery 5*
March 7 Baltimore, MD – the Windup Space*
March 8 Philadelphia, PA – house show*
March 9 Brooklyn, NY – Don Pedro*
March 10 New Paulz, NY – Lagusta’s Luscious Commissary*
*w/ Erin Tobey)