Well, this is a fine Mess
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