Maximo Park have released a new song today, their first since the Risk To Exist album of 2017.
Paul Smith introduced Child Of The Flatlands as an, ‘affectionate look at both the psychic and physical edgelands of the town where he grew up’. “It’s about the inevitability of nature (in all senses of the word) over the order we try to impose on it,” he continued.
“The quiet, melancholy choruses lament the loss of community spaces for marginalised people, and the overall pace is meant to evoke a long walk, collaging found sound, strings and insistent piano to create a mildly psychedelic pop odyssey.”
“We commissioned Greg Hodgson to reflect the distorted blur of youth through his VHS lens, and to create a dreamlike vision of Teesside that reflects the episodic nature of the music,” he added on the track’s video. “Hopefully viewers will recognise something of their own youth, playing in places where nature encroaches upon the urban landscape.”