Melbourne pop quartet Totally Mild celebrated the release of their stirring new album Her last week with the release of another Tobias Willis directed video for the cautiously aspirational second single, ‘From One Another’. Willis also directed the video first single, ‘Today Tonight’ and this one take effort expands on that by extrapolating out the myriad of feelings, from ‘loneliness, faith and friendship’ felt by the main protagonist played by band leader Elizabeth Mitchell herself.
Her is an intensely personal record for Mitchell and the struggles she documents will be readily identifiable to many women trying to reconcile love with independence and realise their potential in a still rather unforgiving world for her half of the population. She states;
“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.”
For all its golden pop hues, the album is also one full of intensity and emotion and the subjects it grapples with and how they are conveyed is deeply affecting. Her is our current album of the week. Buy it physically through Chapter here.
From One Another
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From the album, ‘Her’, Chapter Music.
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