Today, Melbourne’s Totally Mild are pleased to reveal their next single, “From One Another,” taken from their stunning new album Her, which is due out on February 23rd (Chapter Music). The band told the UK’s The 405 that the single “is about the toxic energy of a relationship that has outstayed its welcome. It’s the point where you realize that staying with someone out of habit is stopping you from moving forward.” The magazine notes, “On the surface (‘From One Another’) sounds totally innocent, rendered in bright twanging guitars, bubblegum melodies and sing-song vocals. However, digging further into the actual words of the song and paying attention to Mitchell’s careful inflections in her mellifluous voice, gives us a deeper and more resounding picture of someone dealing with the struggles of maintaining quotidian relationships.”
Totally Mild will be heading to the States for a tour in March. They are scheduled to play New York City‘s Mercury Lounge on March 19 as part of Our Golden Friend NYC showcase. Tickets are on sale here. Additional dates are being confirmed including slots at SXSW.
With themes of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over, Her is a shining jewel of an album. It follows on from their acclaimed 2015 debut Down Time (Bedroom Suck/Fire).
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.
In Totally Mild, Mitchell 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 Helsinkimember James Cecil.
About the new album, Mitchell says; “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.“