So, we are releasing this brilliant single and doing a bunch of shows!!!
Come along, tell your friends, party with us!
These are the shows below:
6th July; Teneriffe Festival, Brisbane (12.30 at the Jazz Stage)
11th July: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (with Belltralk and Amela)
12th July: The Loft (with Karl Williams, Holly Terrens and Marcus Blacke)
25th July: The Brighton Up Bar, Sydney (with Bears with Guns and Huckleberry Hastings)
So here’s a few more to add to our belt, so far being called “unconventional pop” and “quirky”.
The Dwarf Review:
Idle Away is the second EP from Miss Elm, leading on from their self titled ‘extended play’ EP, released in October 2011. Miss Elm are from the sunshine state of Queensland, Brisbane, which is portrayed in their light hearted, feel good, heel clicking tunes
First song off the four track album ‘Growing Pains’ has lead singer, Erin Harrington, jumping ‘voice first’ into the really really high notes – initially a little startling and a seemingly peculiar choice. Erin’s voice doesn’t seem quite strong enough to do so – yet as the song and album progresses so does Erin’s voice. ‘Space’, the second track on the album, has a quirky little 50’s video clip, that will have you singing dah de dup dup all day long
In the third track, Baby Song, Harrington sings “Babies, she’s gonna have your babies” repeatedly throughout the choruses and then again for a big finale declaration about the character in the song having babies. This is kind of a clue to what this song is all about. Here the high voice of Harrington, harmonies from the band’s multi-talented flautist, Lucinda Bopf and the overall whimsy combined makes for a slightly creepy atmosphere. It takes you off guard a little and it’s only after repeated listens that the declarations about babies become less weird, maybe in that same way as the repetitive, ritualistic chanting works, when you join a cult. That Miss Elm! Quirky to the core.
The EP rounds up with Adelaide, a simple waltz with a beautiful flute melody from Bobf. It’s a slightly unusual instrument to hear in modern pop bands but it and the other ‘non traditional’ instruments definitely gives Miss Elm a creative edge. Overall Idle Away signals a band that have found the sound that they wanted to achieve and are now exploring exactly what they can do with what they have. While some may find the eccentricities of the songs off-putting, many more will find Miss Elm charming and engaging.
– Clare Armstrong
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Don’t forget to let us know what you think also to get your free download of “Growing Pains” and “Baby Song” on www.triplejunearthed.com/misselm