Mildlife have shared their long awaited second album, Automatic, out now with Inertia Music. The new record is six tracks of undeniable, cosmic jams, purpose built by the Melbourne multi-instrumentalists to fill dancefloors - even if that means cutting a rug in the living room, for now.
With Automatic, the band have made a step-change from their debut. It’s more disciplined, directional and arguably more danceable. As on Phase, they are unafraid to let a track luxuriate in length without ever succumbing to self-indulgence. “The recorded songs kind of become the new reference point for playing the songs live," says vocalist Kevin McDowell. “They both have different outcomes and we make our decisions for each based on that, but they’re symbiotic and they both influence each other. It’s usually a fairly natural flow from live to recorded back to live.”
Critical acclaim has followed them every step of the way too; being nominated for Best Album at the Worldwide FM Awards in 2018, Best Independent Jazz Album at the AIR Awards in 2019 and walking away with the gong for Best Electronic Act at The Age Music Victoria Awards off the back of Phase. They’ve garnered support from Resident Advisor, Purple Sneakers, Happy Mag, Ripe Music, FBi Radio and The Guardian.
PRAISE FOR MILDLIFE
“Virtuoso space-jazz magic.”
“My new favourite band from Australia!”
Gilles Peterson, BBC 6
“[On Automatic]...Mildlife's second wave is far from mild”
“...a bit like if Alan Parsons Project had invented acid house”
“It’s jazzier, groovier and harder-hitting, but somehow also softer to the touch. ‘Automatic’ keeps you guessing right up to the final seconds of each song.”