I first heard Totally Mild when I was staying at an Airbnb in Melbourne, and ever since I've been hooked. To me, their music has the perfect combination of elements required to be great indie music: smart lyrics, interesting little musical moments, a certain rawness, all without losing sight of making catchy, enjoyable music. This is the type of music that worms its way under your skin until you're humming it all the time.
Favorite track: From One Another.
Chapter is thrilled to be releasing Her, the second album by Melbourne lush pop quartet Totally Mild.
Following on from their acclaimed 2015 debut Down Time (released on Bedroom Suck in Australia, Fire Records in the UK), Her is a shining jewel of an album. Elizabeth Mitchell’s voice is a thing of unearthly beauty, capable of soaring and swooping in shiver-inducing ways. As a songwriter she is equally arresting, addressing desires and dreams with affecting frankness.
This intensity has been captured in crystalline form by producer and one-time Architecture In Helsinki member James Cecil. Her is polished and spacious, while never losing the feeling of a band in full flight.
After Down Time’s release, Totally Mild toured UK/Europe in 2015, then hit the US in early 2017, playing SXSW and a string of LA/NYC shows. In Australia they have played Meredith Music Festival and shared stages with the likes of Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, DIIV and The Chills.
About the new album, Mitchell says “Her is a record of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over. I was torn between a new domestic life and the impulse to tear it all away with bad choices. I fell in love, but I wrestled for independence. I was always trying to prove that I didn’t need anyone; my wife, my friends, my band. Her is a document of a woman struggling with the idea of potential. We are told that we could be limitless, but we wrestle with unseen personal and structural walls.”
Mood rises and falls expertly throughout the album: Working Like A Crow, originally written for a children’s choir, is simple in its self-sufficiency. From One Another is an eulogy for a toxic relation- ship given the most graceful pop setting. Mitchell’s love for piano balladry is showcased on Lucky Stars, while Today Tonight is kinetic, dynamic guitar pop at its finest..
Across their powerful, delicate, luminous second album Her, Totally Mild move through light and shade with silky finesse.
“A shining talisman for the heartbroken” - Pitchfork
“Engorged, engaged, empowered bedroom sulk music” - The Guardian “Sweet, harmony-rich, pointedly concise jangle-pop” - NPR
“Skewed pop gold” - Noisey
“An ethereal voice...lovely songs and just-so jangly arrangements” - BrooklynVegan
Although it´s not really the type of music I'd normally listen to (whatever type of music this may be!) this album was one of my top 10 buys last year, without a doubt. Each song has just the right degree of melodic catchiness to it, without the risk of transforming into an annoying "pop" earworm after a few spins, but what I like best are the beautiful lyrics that deepen in meaning a bit more with each listen, keeping me attentive, worried I might miss something in an ever changing story. ivanerik