Swiss Folkster Mary Middlefield Is Anything But Young And Dumb

Swiss folk-pop artist Mary Middlefield has announced her debut EP Poetry (For The Scorned and Lonely), which drops on 26th April. The announcement comes alongside her brand new single Young And Dumb. The EP is a purging of emotion, one that’s allowing her to move forward with a clear mind and a clean palette. But for now, this is music for the people who are stuck, scorned and lonely. Middlefield invites you to suffer and yearn and scream alongside her.

Mary Middlefield

Mary Middlefield (Laurin Bleiker)
Mary Middlefield (Laurin Bleiker)

Bringing a delicate blend of alt-rock, post-punk and grunge to Mary Middlefield’s sound, Young And Dumb relies on her captivating voice and a lush instrumental backdrop to create a brooding slice of darker alternative pop.

Talking about the track, she explains, “Do you ever experience that profound disappointment in yourself when somebody else wrongs you? Instead of assigning blame, you turn inward. You question your judgement, innocence, and foresight, thinking you could’ve prevented the pain if you were wiser. But the truth is, people shouldn’t treat other people poorly. Despite our efforts, we sometimes become victims of others’ cruelty. In those moments, it’s essential not to blame ourselves, but to affirm our worth and refuse to let their actions define us.”

Check out the video for Young And Dumb below:

In Lausanne, Switzerland, wildflower-trails blaze with ultraviolet colour, mountains of myth surround a lake of sapphire. It’s a beauty so intense that it pacifies itself, turns still, and silent. Musician Mary Middlefield – who, for all her life, has called Lausanne home – splits the landscape apart, turning it into a wild scream. Her music is like a howl in the beautiful wilderness.

A former student of classical violin, the 22 year-old now wields high drama, desire, and vulnerability as keys to making meaning in a complicated universe, where love and abuse coincide. Her roomy, stream-of-consciousness songs veer between a keening pop-punk fuelled intensity and a lovely folk-inspired softness, inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, as well as more recent artists like Claud, Jockstrap and The Japanese House.

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