Canadian singer-songwriter and designer Mimi Oz’s new album, the self-produced Growing Pains consolidates Oz’s talent into a caravan of styles and emotions, melding elements of soul, rock n’ roll, and jazz to her ever-growing sonic palette. Throughout the album, Oz tethers even the most oblique lyrics to the current sociopolitical climate, and even the most personal to our universal experiences. Maybe more prominent and poignant than her lyricism and genre-hopping, though, are the cascading themes of alienation, yearning, and pain.

From the gentle roar of opener “In the Water,” Oz communicates a wealth of emotion and color, as fuzzed out guitars bluntly elbow their way to the front of the mix before the song settles back into a harmony-laden piano ballad. The first words uttered here, “I was a sailor, stuck out at sea, drowning on 25 cold hard years of misery,” practically paints itself across your brain, an image conveying the richness of loss. The album itself seamlessly shifts between a myriad of styles and genres rolling up elements of the past fifty years of music and imbuing them with the essence of modern America: the tension of a hostile political climate, the claustrophobia of the pandemic, and the ways both engendered a culture of fear and abuse.

Oz's third solo album, Growing Pains, is a self-produced, seven song body of work recorded in both Toronto and NYC. Mixed by Grammy-winning engineer L. Stu Young. Included with her latest release were two music videos, one ballad “Star 111,” featuring choreography by Gabrielle Malone and Andrew Robinson (director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera), and a collaboration with NY film maker Dylan Mars GreenBerg for the track “Hate”.

Oz first burst onto the scene in 2013 with Three of Swords, an original debut produced by Toronto’s Bob Wiseman (Blue Rodeo). In 2015, she released her second album, Men Who Never Loved Me after being awarded a popular music grant from the Ontario Arts Council. 2017 saw the release of a band EP, Baby On The J, by Oz's anti-folk group Rooster, followed by joining forces with Sam Barron forming the Come On, under Mother West publishing group.

While the world anticipates the return of consistent live music, Oz is putting the final touches on an EP with Brooklyn-based electronic producer Left Pop, entitled Trinity, releasing July 2022, and preparing her summer 2022 line of clothing under her self-titled brand being sold in NYC markets and online.