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Singer-songwriter Sarah Isabella DiMuzio, who records under the alias Whim, is gearing up to release a new full-length LP on Fluff and Gravy Records sometime next year, which will be the follow-up to her debut album, 400 Days. The first song from the forthcoming record is a siren call that begs the listener to use their “mouth” and make their voice heard. It’s called “Mouths,” and it’s premiering here today (Oct. 23) as Paste’s Daily Dose. You can listen to the song below.
“Mouths” surfaces as a bouncy, riffy guitar tune, but listen carefully, and you’ll find DiMuzio is making a strong statement on top of all that shine. It’s a catchy indie-rock anthem arriving just in time for the midterm elections, which is a great time to make one’s voice heard. “What is this silence about?” DiMuzio sings. ”’Cause we are the people who shout.” “Mouths” sounds like the spirited soundtrack to a bipartisan effort to encourage voter registration. DiMuzio reminds us that it’s okay to be a little unsure, as long as you use your voice when it becomes imperative to do so. “Everyone has doubts when they’re screaming out into the void,” DiMuzio sings.
Here’s what DiMuzio had to say about the track:
“Mouths” is first and foremost a callout song— a song I wrote to call myself out for taking the silent observer position in too many situations where being vocal is imperative. In the days of social media where fake news and political opinions abound, it’s easy to feel like you simultaneously have a voice, and that it’s impossible for you to ever be heard over the clamoring masses. It becomes an existential pitfall when you either say nothing, or you say something and it makes as much of a difference as when you were silent. The way to be heard is to unify, and what better way to unite than to get a room full of people to shout the word “shout” until everyone’s abuzz?
Again, you can listen to “Mouths” below.