Innocent 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.’