It feels an age since we last heard from one of Australia’s ethereal pop princesses, but the warm lyrical embrace of Lisa Mitchell still feels so familiar. A decade on from her start in Australian Idol, Mitchell has again offered up dreamy melodies and enchanting lyrics throughout her latest album, Warriors. Mitchell took her time with this third album, letting songs form organically over the past four years. It seems patience is a virtue, delivering oft heart-wrenching tracks laden with sweet innocence and honesty.
Whilst Mitchell’s youthful optimism still carries through the album’s blissful floaty tracks, there are elements of a darker, heavier side. The title track, ‘Warriors’, and second single, ‘Warhol’, hint at what lies beneath a seemingly untroubled exterior with a heavier bassline and biting lyrics. Ever the storyteller, there is a heavy leaning on the 26-year-old’s personal experiences, though some more abstract tracks lend themselves to infinite interpretation by the listener.
The LP sees more modern pop production, with gentle synths edging Mitchell out of the folk-pop niche. Warriors is a cohesive album, with plenty of industry heavyweights adding to the finessed tracks – producer Eric J (Chet Faker, The Rubens, Flume) drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent), bassist Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone, Passenger) and fellow singer Ben Lee all lending their talents.
A solid addition to any breezy summer afternoon album rotation.