Watch Mimi Gilbert cover ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell

The Melbourne songwriter performed the classic last year in a "slightly haunted" abandoned denim factory

Mimi Gilbert has shared a live cover of Joni Mitchell‘s 1969 classic ‘Both Sides Now’.

The Californian-born, Melbourne-based songwriter performed the rendition as part of the Old Building Sessions series early last year, filmed at an abandoned denim factory in Yarraville.

Backed by Emilee South on bass and drummer Jordan Gray, Gilbert also performed the title track from latest album ‘Grew Inside the Water’, along with its opener, ‘Coffs Harbour’.


Watch Gilbert perform ‘Both Sides Now’ below:

“I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, and I’m always inspired by the way she seems to be able to sing without hesitation or self-policing,” Gilbert says early on in the video.

“So, whenever I sing her songs, I learn a little bit more about how I can do that with my own voice. I love the meaning of this song. I’m consistently trying to figure out what it means for me, and it seems to change with each year.”

‘Grew Inside the Water’ arrived back in October of last year, following a string of DIY releases. Self-produced by Gilbert and recorded between Melbourne and California, it featured a wide array of collaborators, including backing vocals by Angie McMahon and Merpire.


Upon release, NME praised ‘Grew Inside the Water’ as a “passionate and deeply human” album.

“With warm, muted guitars and subtly effective percussion, these ethereal folk songs act as soft antidotes to the harsh noise of the world outside, a testament to the simple but incredibly meaningful joy of connecting to honest, affecting music.”