Melbourne quartet Totally Mild released ethereal debut album, ‘Down Time’ (listen)
by Bill Pearis
A lot of Melbourne bands get written about on BrooklynVegan and lately most seem to be of the noisy/bleak/postpunk variety, but Totally Mild are totally not that. What began as as a solo project for songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell (she released a cassette in 2013) soon turned into a full band, and Totally Mild released their debut album, Down Time, this month on Bedroom Suck in Australia and Fire Records in the UK.
Mitchell is possessed with an ethereal voice, prone to falsetto and is probably the most striking thing about the band but it wouldn't be so without her lovely songs and the just-so jangly arrangements. (You could compare them to Brooklyn's Hospitality, same sort of vibe.) It's a truly lovely album and you can stream the whole thing, and watch videos for "Christa" and "Move On," below.