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You Win

by Mimile

A cool, fresh mix of a happy and not so happy pop song, a bit fast a bit slow and lots of rhythm
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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Emilie Blom joined Dutch rock band The Scene as bassist and backing vocalist in 1985. The band ‘cut their teeth’ playing the vibrant club circuit of the mid-80’s, and The Scene soon grew to become a major crowd-puller, headlining at big venues and festivals in both Holland and Belgium. They built up a loyal fan base along the way with top hits like ‘Blauw’, ‘Open’ and ‘Iedereen is van de Wereld, and through the years they also were awarded not only gold and platinum records, but also three Edison awards and numerous other accolades. The band folded when its founder, frontman and composer Thé Lau tragically died of cancer in 2015.

With The Scene at an end, Emilie set out on a new solo career from scratch. Choosing to use the moniker MIMILE, her home-recorded debut album, ‘IT’S GOING UP NOT COMIN’ DOON’ was released on the MimileMusic label in 2015. That venture soon developed into a permanent line-up of top Dutch musicians, featuring Rob de Weerd (guitar), Stephan van der Meijden (drums) and PP Everts (keyboards). The new group released MIMILE’s second, studio-recorded album, STORNOWAY, in February 2018.

Amsterdam born, but with firm family roots in Scotland, Emilie was always mesmerised by music from an early age. Nurturing this passion, she spent her childhood years learning to play piano and flute, leading on to her early teens, where she was gripped by the heady vibe of punk and new wave. These were formative years for Emilie, and she joined her first band on bass at the age of 13. "I had eclectic tastes," she recalls. "I still do. I embrace it all."

“I got the most inspiration for my new album STORNOWAY whilst in Scotland, my spiritual home. In the Scottish Highlands my perspective and perceptions always become intensified, and new ideas come tumbling in. I’d known Rob for years as the guitarist with the band Trøckner Kecks, but as soon we started to work together, I realised that aside from his innovative guitar playing, I’d also gained a new, unexpected song-writing partner!
Antonie Broek, drummer with the legendary Dutch band De Dijk and producer of the album, lent us his wonderful ‘garden shed’ studio to record the new album. He added his signature to the mix with a bunch of samba balls for an extra swampy sound. The sessions lasted hours longer than planned, and it became an inspired collaboration, in turn creating an historic union between three Dutch rock bands with a shared past.”

“A compliment for your bravery - making new music is dangerous work", said Rob Kloet (The Nits) to the band after hearing the recordings….and he's right! Mimile’s tenacity has paid off, and for the friends and fans who’ve heard an early preview of the album, the verdict is unanimous: STORNOWAY is fantastic!

“Alongside the striking opener ‘Perfectly Wrong’ and the beguiling ‘I Still Do’, the two toppers are ‘You Win’ - where Emilie and her men seem infused with the spirit of David Byrne - and the title track ‘Stornoway’. That closing track - with its clear Pink Floyd feel - shows there's no scrimping on extra strings (Sophie de Rijk and Eva van der Poll of the Pavadita Tango String Quartet fill that space here)”. Theo Miggelbrink, (FileUnder New Music)

“‘Stornoway has enough inferences to last us for years!!” (Pop magazine Heaven)

“Good mood, masterful sound. Fabulous associations with bands like Morcheeba and Moloko, or even Big Audio Dynamite. ‘I Still Do’ hits the nail on both idea and performance. ‘Perfectly Wrong’ is brilliantly rich in arrangement.” Rick de Leeuw, (Tröckener Kecks)

“I've played your CD four times in a row with great joy and astonishment. These are infectious, lively, exciting and intriguing songs. Really splendid how you've used extra strings and bass clarinet, nice that the lyrics are so personal"
I have two absolute favourites: 'Stornoway' and 'You Win'. ‘Stornoway’ plays in a very beguiling and mantra-like environment, with mysterious encounters between unidentifiable events underlying Emilie's narrative-like descriptive song emanating from manifold spaces. Musically multilayered, it leaves generous space for the listener's fantasy. Very lush. ‘You Win’ has a deceptive simplicity, all its elements telling their own story, whether drums, percussion, guitar or keyboard. Here Emilie makes different use of her voice, creating a story within a story. Here too a wonderful multilayered element, truly great. A compliment for your bravery, making new music is dangerous work.” Rob Kloet, (Nits)

“What a delicious song is that ‘Boginya'! All these songs are magnificent and the gem is ‘You Win’. You have a Grace Jones voice there, fantastic! ‘Stornoway’ is wonderfully dreamy with a whiff of ‘Are Friends Electric’. ‘Perfectly Wrong’ is another terrific song!” Urs Klaver



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