Middle Space – Crocodile Tears | Infectious Synths Tight Hooks
Telford, UK indie rock band Middle Space have a maddening new single come up titled Crocodile Tears. Hailing from the West Midlands area in England, Middle Space has created a name for themselves in the music scene of the region. The three minute song features some solid production, performance, and songwriting by Middle Space. The single artwork cover with saturated dark blue and red hues is the perfect fit for the song and goes with the retro vibe. No wonder that has been featured twice as Record of the Week in BBC Introducing in Shropshire and Hereford & Worcester.
Middle Space have their musical DNA rooted in some of the best of British Alternative rock music. This includes a wide array of artists like goth rockers The Cure, shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine, modern garage rockers The Strokes, and the neo-psychedelic Tame Impala. We get to hear traces of all of these in this song with electronica from Tame Impala, the fuzzy soundscape of MBV, the catchy hooks by The Strokes, and the compelling songwriting of The Cure.
Crocodile Tears begins with electronic house beats and a sweet synth melody to get us started. You soon get hit by a wave of blissful retro electronic chord progression held together by drummer Ben Neat and guitarist Jake Brickley. A prominent bass line by Ryan Egan with the ridiculously stunning wall of sound that is the arrangement of the intro. What a sound by Middle Space! The verses then set in with fiery vocals by vocalist and keys player Mark Tolley.
The lyrics have a lover confronting another with a first-person narrative which makes use of interesting political puns and imagery like “party line” and “reign falls overseas”. However, the highlight of the song isn’t the lyrical themes but the infinitely infectious musical arrangement. The song is filled with such groove and catchy hooks to make a graveyard come to life. The tones used in the production of the song sound fresh, unique, and addictive. But of course, what makes the song endlessly loopable is the tight songwriting at the core of it. Give Crocodile Tears a listen, I promise you will not be able to stop hitting the replay button!