Photo Credit: Naomi Lee Beveridge
Elizabeth (formerly of Totally Mild) announces her debut album, The Wonderful World of Nature, out November 1 on Our Golden Friend. With this news she also shares the debut single, “Parties.”
The track premiered at The FADER and Elizabeth told them, “‘Parties’ is about the lack you feel when you lose someone close to you and try to fill the void with cocktails and strangers. It’s about the surprising distance you can feel from someone even though you once loved them so hard. It’s a heartbreak banger designed for sad girls and those who love them.”
She further explains, “I shot the video with Nick McKinlay, a true champion. It’s fun and glamorous but it’s all about isolation, the feeling of watching other people having a good time while not fully being able to participate. We played with the idea of party clichés; the dull and tense office party, a Heathers-esque garden party, a wild Hen’s night and a classy cocktail party.”
Of “Parties” Fader notes, “The quiet, ambient siren that heralds the beginning of Elizabeth’s debut single…feels like a warning alarm; It practically tells the listener ‘This song could f*ck you up.’ Chaotic, heartbroken pop in the vein of Lykke Li and Sky Ferreira, ‘Parties’ is a forceful and resonant first single from the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter. ” Read the full write-up here and watch “Parties” here.
A new patron saint of Sadgirls, Elizabeth is a glamorous tragic, a queer pop anti-heroine holding a curtain of glittering melodies and catchy veneers over ugly truths. “Parties” is a sparkling, slowburn sad-banger, an exorcism in excess, and an awakening. Channelling the energy of Marissa Cooper dumping her banana lounge into the pool, “Parties” is messy, glamorous, and demands your attention.
The Wonderful World of Nature is made up of pop songs that leave a lasting mark; they bruise and linger. Tasked with building out the world in Elizabeth’s deepest imagination was producer John Castle, who now adds Elizabeth to his roster of collaborators alongside Hatchie, Cub Sport, Jack River and Vance Joy. Operating with an absolute absence of ego, together Castle and Elizabeth succumbed to their purest pop whims.