Mia Dyson’s sound heading home

NOT IDLE: Mia Dyson performs locally next month

GUITARIST-singer Mia Dyson is powering from strength to strength with her album Idyllwild scoring Double J’s feature album, a premiere on US industry bible Billboard, multiple four-star reviews and airplay for its single When We’re Older.
Dyson is heading homewards, playing Bellarine’s Harvester Moon as part of a national tour for the album and unveiling its second single, Idyllwild.
Idyllwild follows on from Dyson’s acclaimed album The Moment, which led to an ARIA nomination and complete reinvention of her career. It focuses prominently on the grey-area between youth and fully fledged adulthood.
From her 2003 debut Cold Water, Dyson has impressed audiences around the country with three albums leading to national airplay via triple j and opening slots for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Chris Isaak, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks and Donavon Frankenreiter.
Moving to the US in 2010, Dyson started again, playing everything from cafes to pubs, building a new career in the world’s biggest music market and re-crafting her sound.
This led to The Moment in 2012 and its big single When The Moment Comes which achieved ad placements on both sides of the Pacific and landed spots as the US Premier League theme as well as TV placement on network favourites including Elementary, Bones and Hart of Dixie.
The release of Idyllwild’s title track as the album’s second single takes the new album’s narrative forward even further, tipping its hat to a small town outside of Los Angeles where Dyson spent an unconventional “honeymoon”.
“I got hitched not that long ago at the Los Angeles county courthouse and afterwards, we found ourselves driving up into the mountains to this little town called Idyllwild, sort of laying our decision out there and celebrating in the natural world.
“It was a surreal, utopian journey and out of it came this frenetic, high-spirited song, stylistically influenced by bands from my ’80s childhood like Elvis Costello and Talking Heads.”
Mia will be supported by Bellarine duo Murdena – Annie-Rose and Hugh Moloney – with their special brand of up tempo, original, alt country sound.
Mia Dyson: Harvester Moon, Thursday 9 October.