New Music: The Middle East – ‘Jesus Came To My Birthday Party’

The Middle East
Photo by David Greenwald

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Middle East, one of SXSW 2010’s stand-out acts. “Jesus Came to My Birthday Party,” available on (barf) MySpace, captures the group in gritty, ramshackle mode — heavier stuff than the elaborate, lovely folk of songs such as “Blood.” A direction for their long-awaited next record? I hope they stick with the pretty stuff, but this is a tasty enough appetizer.

The Middle East – “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”: stream

Previously: Live: The Middle East at SXSW 2010