Back in March, LA-based songwriter Grace Mitchell put an end to a three-year musical hiatus with the release of “Mango,” a thumping, road-trip-ready single anticipating the spontaneity of a post-pandemic world. With an existentially fractionated music video arriving a few months later, Mitchell has returned with a live performance of the track for our “Neighborhoods” series.
Playing a robust acoustic version of the track with a backing band comprised of a pair of acoustic guitars (supporting Mitchell’s own strums) and two more performers on trumpet, the new take on the song is about as unique as the performance’s setting: an abandoned tennis court in LA at dusk.
“This shoot was one of my favorite live performance experiences because I had the most magical pleasure of playing with live horns for the first time ever,” Mitchell shares. “Thanks to the extraordinary talent of Leo James Conroy and Danny T. Levin we were able to reimagine ‘Mango’ into what you hear in this video. I’m so thankful for my brilliant award-winning directing, producing, lighting, and editing dynamic duo Riley Bray and Patrick Churvis for making my ethereal tennis court vision come to life. Riley also accompanied me on guitar, alongside musical-heroine-rock-majesty: Becca Davidson from legendary underground LA rock band Spindrift. Special thanks to Janet Bray for letting me use her tennis court and for being the best in general.”
Check out the video below.