How You Forget is a new song from the band M1LDL1FE (pronounced Mildlife) about how we treat memories of the people we love. The track is a slow burner where the instrumental parts meet almost David Sylvian-esque vocals. Pulsing to a steady beat, the song is driven by a looping, almost ennui-like 4-note arpeggio, sitting in-between chiming, verb-drenched guitars.
Paddy Ong from the band told us a little more “The idea for the song came about when I found myself not being able to remember some my moments with an ex-lover. It was as if those moments never existed. And I found it strange that for someone with whom at the time you felt so connected to, someone you allowed inside your walls, memories with them you would think be permanent, yet you cannot seem to remember most of it.”
Formerly known as Take Two, M1LDL1FE cuts across the indie-pop grain, weaving together lush electronic textures and eclectic dance grooves into the pop sensibilities of guitar-driven indie music of the early 2000s. The band originally from Singapore have toured all over SE Asia and have opened for band like Death Cab For Cutie and Travis
They debuted their first EP, Pairs in 2015, receiving critical acclaim from the local press and were slated to be “one of the most exhilarating new acts to emerge from the burgeoning indie-pop scene”.
M1LDL1FE’s eponymous EP is a small collection of reflective stories, including How You Forget, glowing with the residue of loss and change
Following the departure of founding member and guitarist, Johnathan Lim, the band had to readjust and recalibrate, choosing to spend time in the studio to rediscover their sound. “I think we took longer than expected to get used to John not being around, and playing music without his ‘voice’ being a part of it. We had to turn inward and do a little searching for a sound within ourselves,” said frontman Paddy Ong.
“A lot of growth and change had been going on in and around the writing of this album. Some of us got married, some of us had left long term relationships. All kinds of crazy things going on in the world as well. So the material I guess was subconsciously affected by all these things that were happening at the time,” reflects Ong.
Armed with a fresh and grittier sonic palette, the band will release their eponymous EP in August. Buy: m1ldl1fe.bigcartel.com