“The Middlewest. The wind is so violent here. I hate it”, plus three beautiful drawings – a close-up on a teenage boy.
It’s probably the most evocative and emotional comic book opening I’ve ever seen. Middlewest is a gripping tale of a boy making a run for it. Getting away from his resentful father, whose anger turns him into an unstoppable force of nature – a raging tornado that roams the beautiful Midwestern landscapes. Accompanied by a witty and talkative fox, the boy slowly discovers the same anger he’s running away from is slowly taking him over too.
If you’ve not had the chance to read Middlewest I strongly suggest you do. In the meantime, I thought I’d share my musical impression of the comic book and recorded this short track outside at my balcony. I used a sample from Jeff Russo’s heartbreaking “What Remains of Edith Finch” score, as I found the two (Middlewest and WRoEF) somehow similar in how they narrate the darker aspects of the coming of age theme. Since the storm plays such a vital part in Middlewest, I thought it’d be fit to place this reverberated Analog RYTM base at the center stage. Obviously, I focused on the dark undercurrent that runs throughout the story.
Sorry for the blurred video, but I was in a rush to have this jam recorded before the real storm got to me. And it eventually did.