Boy, do we have a lot of embeddable goodies for you this morning! In the midst of a mostly-sold-out tour, Mitski visited Pitchfork’s offices to lend her opinion on Drake (among other things) to their staple “Over/Under” feature (above). She also recorded a session + interview with NPR Music’s World Cafe at WXPN in Philadelphia (below).
Just two weeks since capping off her first North American tour in support of Puberty 2, one of the year’s most praise albums, Mitski’s rolling out a slew of fall shows – including her first stops in the southeast as well as larger venues in many cities throughout the Midwest and east coast, including New York (Webster Hall is almost sold out!), Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston and Toronto.
All tickets are on sale this Friday, August 12 at 10am local time! So set your alarms and bookmark mitski.com. Full list of dates is below.
âThese 11 tracks creep up on you, as her coiled melodies suddenly explode into cavernous freak-outs or build to a crescendo of unbearable catharsis.â â NPR Music
“No one else can make shattering sound like such an act of strength. â –Â Stereogum
Anticipation is a key component of happiness. The not-yet-having of something only strengthens your resolve to hold out a little longer, to make space for it in your life. Well here we are, the day’s finally arrived. Mitski’s debut record for Dead Oceans, Puberty 2, is out worldwide today.
It’s already being heralded as one of the best albums of the year thus far by Stereogum (#3) and Brooklyn Magazine (#1). With the likes of The New Yorker, NPR Music, and Dazed joining the well-deserved chorus of praise. Not to mention, last Sunday’s The New York Times went deep on the album.
Puberty 2 is an indelible collection of songs crafted thoughtfully from memories and details (whose size & importance shift depending on the eye of the beholder). These are important pieces of writing that process being alive and being in love – or just being at all. We are so proud to be able to share this in full with you today. Read the rest of this entry »
“Happy” begins with a foreboding skipping not unlike a tape stuck in a player, a washing machine jammed mid-cycle. Mitski’s voice weaves in, a saxophone line wandering through the door behind her. Puberty 2’s proverbial canary in a coal mine, “Happy” warns us of disappointments to come both in sound and lyric. A few weeks after it’s debut, we’re more than pleased to share this single’s carefully crafted video.
Directed by Maegan Houang, who came up with her own completely out of the box narrative, the “Happy” video perfectly captures Mitski’s idea of the exhausting and exhaustive cycle of the fleeting nature of happiness.
âMitski resists psychic death by constantly pushing forth into bolder textures, refusing to be meek and sedated even as joy feels compromised . . . every element combines to a powerful, tarnished fanfare that’s neither joyful nor morose, but possessed of a strange confidence that serves as an anchor against slipping into either emotional extreme.â â Pitchfork [Best New Track]
âItâs a song whose changes in tone and shape feel hard to contain, yet its message is ebb-tide: happiness comes, happiness goes.â â The New York Times [The Playlist]
âBetween the St. Vincent-esque vibes and pretty melodies, âHappyâ makes a case that sometimes disappointment isnât so bad.â â Entertainment Weekly [A-]
âBut although her lyrics find only a weary sense of dejection in the endless cycle between fleeting moments of happiness and the perpetual comedown of living, the song still manages to point towards a reason to keep trudging forward: it sounds so fucking good.â
â Stereogum [#1 in The 5 Best Songs of the Week]
Puberty 2 is out June 17th (you can pre-order your copy below!). The following week, Mitski embarks on a North American tour beginning with a run of already sold out shows in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. All of those dates are at the bottom here, just keep scrollin’!
* w/ Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som
Here it is, your second slice of Mitski’s gutsy and gorgeous new album, Puberty 2, out June 17th. “Happy” is the forthcoming album’s biting opening track, a song that quickly escalates from intricate electronic pads to rumbling drums and a rare use of horns. Here’s what Mitski had to say about this cut,
“Happiness f**ks you. Once it’s in your hands you try to hold onto it, but the nature of happiness is that it passes through and eventually leaves, and something else – sadness, anger, a low after the high – has to follow. This song is about this exhaustive and exhausting cycle, and how sometimes one would rather not have any of it at all than be constantly thrown about by the waves of these fleeting states.”
So dive into this track head first – put your headphones on, shut out the world for 3:40. It’ll be there when you get back.
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