Totally Mild - Down Time
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Totally Mild are a four-piece based in Melbourne, Australia. Fronted by Elizabeth Mitchell, a woman with an exciting tendency to sing in a falsetto not many can match, the band perform absolutely perfect, skewed, disjointed pop music that sounds as though it was handed down from the heavens.
Totally Mild may be another jangle-pop band from Melbourne, and Mitchell may be singing about daily art/commerce realities – “You’ve got to go to work in the day / Put on a show again,” she sings, in ‘Go Home’ – but we can’t imagine anyone calling them dolewave. Down Time is filled with a host of songs that match bright hooks with thoughtful composition; full of odd moods and smirking sleights. It’s an indie-pop album both quietly heady and genuinely pretty; and, if we’re to take it as Totally Mild’s essential debut, it marks quite the arrival.