“SONG FOR EWE”
with ELIZABETH MITCHELL of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the leader of dreamy Melbourne band with a killer line in self-deprecation and bittersweet lines of lyrics, Totally Mild. With a new album called “Her” coming out this Friday 23rd on Chapter Music, we’re pleased to welcome to these pages the supremely talented Elizabeth Mitchell!
Here’s “Lucky Stars” from said album “Her” which Elizabeth describes thus: “Lucky Stars’ is an exercise in intimate voyeurism. A momentary glimpse into the world of this woman as she plays a love song and hopes someone will hear it.
Totally Mild started out as Elizabeth in solus, but has expanded out into a four piece band and “Her” is a second album (the first was “Down Time” in 2015) which deals with “failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over.”
The album cover features Mitchell’s wife staring into a mirrored wall under the watchful gaze of a portrait of her mum. It’s an intriguing study of reflective introspection into being a woman, a gay woman in what should be a progressive time but in a world run by man-children promoting heteronormative ideals based on the shaky foundation of religious fairy tales and maintaining the status quo of patriarchy. It’s a troubling time, and Elizabeth has a troubled soul, but she uses it to truly stunning effect.
Elizabeth opens up the venetian blinds into her domestic life and bares her heart in the most soaring ways. It’s both humbling and very, very human.
As well as the album on Friday, Totally Mild are due to play SXSW and then a UK tour in March/April (not to mention supporting Perfume Genius in Sydney & Melbourne also this Spring). But before all that, without further ado, it’s over to Elizabeth for her “song for ewe” (NB. she’s the second person to choose The Roches after Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder)…
“Big Nuthin – The Roches
Zach, my best friend and the guitarist in Totally Mild, showed me this song last year. I became so obsessed with it and played it every day which drove my wife mad. I love the close harmonies, I love the melody. I also think the lyrics really sum up how nothing is ever going to be “the big thing” that changes your life, nothing is ever really that big of a deal. The other day Xanthe said I send this video to someone when I’m trying to flirt with them but that’s not true, I just think it’s a cool song that everyone should know.”
THANKYOU TO ELIZABETH AND TO LUCY HURST AT BUT I LIKE YOU PR
MORE ON TOTALLY MILD HERE…
And on the label…
Here’s a Lucky 7 with label mates School Damage
and more Roches action courtesy of Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder…