On follow up EP ‘Middle England’, Mellah’s strengths as a songwriter are front-and-centre. Once more, Ramsden isn’t intimidated by any topic, and even if the subject matter can appear serious, he finds a way to weave in something extra: be it humour, observational poetry or playful motifs.
But whereas before he looked inwards and wrote with a personal slant, ‘Middle England’ considers the wider picture. It asks big questions: Which outside forces make us who we are today? Why do complete strangers feel pitted against each other? In what world can selfish-ness triumph over decency? On paper it sounds heavy – potentially murky territory for a relatively new songwriter to be travelling in – and yet the end result is anything but.