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"This album is personal," says Mitchell. "There's a lot of thinking about my own kind of mythology - of myself, my life, why things are the way they are. And a lot of it is to do with childhood."
Though 'Warriors' is her third album, Mitchell's adolescence is still recent history. At just 26, the musician has built a catalogue to rival elders. Mitchell's debut EP was released when she was just 17, her second at 18; both accomplished folk pieces harbouring pop ambitions. Her full-length debut, 'Wonder,' delivered on its promise, reaching No. 6 in Australia and achieving Platinum status. Her follow-up, 'Bless This Mess,' introduced a wider sonic scope, tethering lush piano-driven pop to jangly, rock flourishes. While acoustic guitar remains Mitchell's primary songwriting tool, for her third album she decided to shake things up.
"We really got rid of a lot of guitar and piano in this album," says Mitchell. The "we" she refers to is US producer Eric J Dubowsky (aka Eric J, who has worked with Chet Faker, Flume, The Rubens), who until Warriors had never worked with Mitchell. "I was interested in someone doing a different thing than what I'd done in the past," she says. "That felt refreshing."
Mitchell and Dubowsky set up in Sydney's Hercules Street Studios in Surry Hills and roped in drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent), bassist Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone/Passenger), and regular guitarist and collaborator, Tim Harvey (who also co-wrote with Mitchell in pre-production) to back Mitchell's songs. The duo sought a lightness of groove that hadn't previously been a focus of Mitchell's music. It mirrors a shift in both her listening habits and personal taste. "I've definitely been doing a lot more dancing in life," says the singer. "I'm sure a lot of the dance music is infiltrating into my writing. I feel this album is good with motion."
First single The Boys details a sunny day Mitchell drove around Sydney in a car of male friends all mourning the passing of a mates' dad. Over a bed of skittering percussion and a loping amble, the song is a literal account of the collective bonhomie in a coded situation.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre||Singer/Songwriter / Pop|
|Music Genre Primary||Pop & Rock|
- 1. The Boys
- 2. Warriors
- 3. Warhol
- 4. Unravelling
- 5. So Wild
- 6. I Remember Love
- 7. What Is Love
- 8. Where You Are
- 9. Josephine
- 10. Love, Death X
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