Elizabeth Mitchell explains more about the video; “‘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. A live performance shot by Tobias Willis that continues the character arc begun with the ‘Today Tonight’ video.”
Totally Mild will be touring the US (including SXSW) and UK in March/April – more details soon!
They also support Perfume Genius in Melbourne and Sydney in March.
Pitchfork have called Totally Mild, “a shining talisman for the heartbroken” and The Guardian memorably described them as, “engorged, engaged, empowered bedroom sulk music”.
Totally Mild started out as the solo project of songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, and has now become a full blown lush pop quartet. Elizabeth’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.
Following on from their acclaimed 2015 debut Down Time (Bedroom Suck/Fire), 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.
In Totally Mild she is joined by guitar magician Zachary Schneider, drummer Ashley Bundang (who plays on the album, but has since been replaced in the live band by Dylan Young) and bassist Lehmann Smith. In the last few years the band have developed a quasi-psychic intensity, surging forward or pulling back in seamless unison. 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.”
Across their powerful, delicate, luminous second album Her, Totally Mild move through light and shade with silky finesse.
Praise for Totally Mild’s Down Time:
“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