Well, this is a fine Mess

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EL­BOURNE singer and song­writer Lisa Mitchell re­turns to town this week­end to show off songs from her sec­ond al­bum, Bless This Mess.

The al­bum, which finds the shy Aus­tralian Idol con­tes­tant of six years ago full of con­fi­dence af­ter some time away from mak­ing mu­sic, was recorded with friends in­clud­ing Ev­er­more front­man and pro­ducer Dann Hume at his stu­dio in Gis­borne, Vic­to­ria.

Self-penned, Bless This Mess bursts with ideas, the 22-year-old’s imag­i­na­tion ex­pand­ing her mu­si­cal scope.

Mitchell ad­mits she suf­fered a bout of writer’s block af­ter the suc­cess of her de­but al­bum, Won­der.

The pop­u­lar­ity of tracks such as Neopoli­tan Dreams, which sound­tracked com­mer­cials and in­spired an un­likely Euro­vi­sion en­try, helped make Mitchell an in­ter­na­tional draw­card and earned her three ARIA nom­i­na­tions and the pres­ti­gious 2009 Aus­tralian Mu­sic Prize.

‘‘Af­ter I got back from tour I felt a very sub­con­scious pres­sure to do it again,’’ she says. ‘‘I hadn’t re­ally stopped since school so I just wanted some time to re­lax.’’

Mitchell has dosed up on Ge­orge Har­ri­son since her Won­der – which was also home to ra­dio favourites Clean White Love and Coin Laun­dry.

Back in the swing again and back on the road with a six-piece band, Mitchell hopes the new al­bum will pro­pel her to far-off places in the fu­ture.

For now, she says she’s happy to be reac­quainted with her first love.

‘‘I def­i­nitely feel like I’ve been on hia­tus the last cou­ple of years, just fill­ing up the well again, so it’s great to be back in the game,’’ she says.

is out now. Lisa Mitchell, Alpine and Danco play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Satur­day at 8pm and the By­ron Bay Community Cen­tre on Mon­day night.

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Mel­bourne singer/song­writer Lisa Mitchell is back with a new al­bum

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