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Video premiere: ‘Mixed Bag’ by Innocent Eve

Innocent Eve - Mixed Bag-Single-iTunes-ArtInnocent Eve is a duo whose members are sisters Rachel and Bec Olsson, who grew up in a musical home on a farm in Central Queensland. Earlier this year they released the single ‘Viking’, which is also the title of their forthcoming album. The second single from the album is the delightful ‘Mixed Bag’, and its video is premiering on this site today.

The Olssons say the song was ‘born from observing how people make judgement and comments based on differences and stereotypes, whether it’s size, shape, religion, ethnicity, gender or whatever. We noticed children playing together and making friends with strangers while sitting in a sandpit, despite their differences, and we thought the world could use a little more of that. And since children were the inspiration, the concept of a mixed bag of lollies emerged – why can’t we love a mixed bag of people, accepting that differences can be good, sweet and beautiful things?’

The video makes the most of the central idea and was created by Duncan Toombs from The Filmery in Terrigal, NSW.

‘Filming with Duncan is always a treat,’ say the sisters, ‘it’s a creative explosion and always full of surprises. His ideas for the song were so exciting and they evolved along the way. Part of the clip was filmed last year, then it was finished during COVID-19, so he had to get really creative with some parts due to restrictions. In the end, he managed to capture the fun and cheeky side of this song, while holding onto the message of inclusion, love and diversity.’

COVID-19 wasn’t the only thing that changed the sisters’ year: their last tour was cut short after Bec was diagnosed with cancer. But they plan to play at the Wintermoon and Airlie Beach festivals later this year and in the meantime hope the message of the song will resonate with audiences. And, above all, ‘Be happy, love, be kind to one another, take risks and live a life you’ll be happy with. It may not always be pretty, but it’s about the relationships you have and pursuing your dreams and passions.’

Single release: ‘Viking’ by Innocent Eve

unnamed-6Innocent Eve is a duo made up of sisters Bec and Rachel, both singers and songwriters. They grew up on country, folk and Americana sung by their parents and grandparents, and they’ve been singing and performing together with their family since they were children. Innocent Eve came to be in 2014, with a debut album,  Temporary Balms, released in 2015, and in 2016 there was an EP, True North, produced by Matt Fell.

The duo have returned to Fell for their new album, Viking, which will be released in the middle of this year. The title track has been released as a single (with the video available below). The clarion call to the listener comes early in the first verse and after that you’re on the hook; by the time the chorus arrives it’s a siren’s call, with the sisters’ inviting vocals, and the rest of the song passes as a rich dream. The song is a cautionary tale that is also about inevitability – the futility of caution when it’s not something you really want to hear.

Innocent Eve have appeared at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Birdsville Big Red Bash, Music in the Mulga, Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Glenmaggie CMF, Tamar Valley Folk Festival and on board Cruisin’ Country.

Upcoming shows include:

12-15 March – Airlie Beach Tour Run, Airlie Beach Qld
20-22 March – Cape  Gloucester Music Festival, Cape Gloucester, Qld
3 April – Boyne Valley Country Music Campout, Ubobo, Qld
5 April – Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Yeppoon, Qld

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