Having recently finished her first full-band tour of the UK – including a sold-out show at London’s Dome Tufnell Park – and leading into her next North American tour Mitski has shared a video for ‘A Burning Hill‘, the closing song from her critically acclaimed album Puberty 2 – out now.
Directed by Bradley Gray, the “A Burning Hill” video beautifully captures the intimacy of Puberty 2 following previous singles, “Your Best American Girl” and “Happy.” It’s where Mitski “opts out of the rigged game altogether . . . a glowing ember of acoustic fingerpicking and a subtle choral bed . . . She decides to love ‘the littler things.’ It sounds like giving up, but she’s taking control, robbing her emotions of the power to capsize her wellbeing” (NPR Music).
“The director and I spent a weekend just driving around New York and Pennsylvania while the camera kept running, and most of the time I’d forget I was being filmed. It felt like a vacation, but it was also quite emotional, as I was thinking about the song and what it means to me now while jumping in rivers and driving down dirt lanes.“
Mitski kicks off her North American tour on October 31st. She’ll tour the southeast for the first time this year, plus return to larger venues in many cities throughout the Midwest and east coast. She has also announced a new run of European and UK dates for February and March 2017, including her biggest UK headline show to date at London’s Village Underground. Tickets are on sale Friday at 10 am UK time. A full list of dates can be found below. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
“’Puberty 2’ is purple like a new bruise . . . There’s more variety in her singing, which moves from aggrieved to sultry to resigned. And there’s more ambition in the music, which doubles down on grit while also rounding things out with a buffer of soul.” – The New York Times
“These 11 tracks creep up on you, as her coiled melodies suddenly explode into cavernous freak-outs or build to a crescendo of unbearable catharsis.” — NPR Music
“No one else can make shattering sound like such an act of strength. “ – 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 Timeswent 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.
“Mitski 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.” — Pitchfork [Best New Track]
“It’s a song whose changes in tone and shape feel hard to contain, yet its message is ebb-tide: happiness comes, happiness goes.” — The New York Times [The Playlist]
“Between the St. Vincent-esque vibes and pretty melodies, ‘Happy’ makes a case that sometimes disappointment isn’t so bad.” — Entertainment Weekly [A-]
“But 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.”
— 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’!
Mitski Tour Dates:
Mon. June 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom * – SOLD OUT
Wed. June 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * – SOLD OUT
Thu. June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle * – SOLD OUT
Fri. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA * – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Sun. June 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *
Tue. June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory *
Wed. June 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge *
Fri. July 1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *
Sat. July 2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
Sun. July 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Tue. July 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *
Wed. July 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room *
Thu. July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Fri. July 8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club Ballroom
Sat. July 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
Mon. July 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater *
Tue. July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Wed. July 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
Fri. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Sat. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Tue. July 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
Wed. July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Fri. July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Sat. July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
Mon. July 25 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery *
Wed. July 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Tue. Sep. 20 – Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club
Thu. Sep. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Sat. Sep. 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Mon. Sep. 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Tue. Sep. 27 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
Wed. Sep. 28 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Fri. Sep. 30 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
Sat. Oct. 1 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sun. Oct. 2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Oct. 4 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Wed. Oct. 5 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Thu. Oct. 6 – London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park
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. Read the rest of this entry »