WATCH // Mitski Shares New “Happy” Video

“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.

Praise for “Happy”

“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’!

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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

* w/ Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som

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