The opening number is, as you may have guessed, also the title track. A piano melody is met by some guitar, drums, a little experimental syncopation and eventually, the vocals. I fell in love with them from the off. Their speed and energy. Their subtly melodic tone. In the first song we're handed both, at some points lathered in reverb and echo, and at other parts not. The builds within verses are sang with playful, half-serious aggression, and all things considered, it's just a plain fantastic song. Lo-fi? Rock? Pop? Who cares when the accumulation of all three can turn out so wonderfully? The next track 'Love Buzz' is a slower, decidedly more tripped out number, full of muffled bleeps and affected wails and a simple drum beat. Was that an alien laser thrown in at 0:43? It's not a particularly frightening five minutes, and I suppose I like its adventurous, mischievous charm. It's a track that slowly draws you into its deep, mesmerising sensuality if you like, and all that experimentation with samples only goes to enhance the experience. The final song here finishes the EP on a similar note. Affected electronic voices crawl and limp across tribal drums, following its captivating beat at a slow by terrifyingly steady pace. It's just stunning!
Let's go over 'Middle Child Syndrome' again then. Three unique tracks that have been recorded with a passion and ability that far exceeds PET's previous effort. It's a fully formed vision that is both spontaneous and well thought out. Refined and yet beautifully rough. An epitome that proves experimental music doesn't have to be hard to 'get'. It's an easy recommendation to make, so stream the opener and then grab the single up above!