On Puberty 2, the tension is palpable: a both beautiful and brutal romantic hinterland, in which a fierce new voice hits a brave new stride.
Listen to “Your Best American Girl” Here
In terms of message, the 25-year-old cuts the same defiant, feminist figure on Puberty 2 that has previously won her acclaim. Born in Japan, Mitski grew up surrounded by her father’s Smithsonian folk recordings and mother’s 1970s Japanese pop CDs in a family that moved frequently: she spent stints in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia, China and Turkey among other countries before coming to New York to study composition at SUNY Purchase.
Mitski confronts feelings of being “half Japanese, half American but not fully either” on “Your Best American Girl” – a super-sized punk-rock number where she “hammed up the tropes” to deconstruct and poke fun at that genre’s surplus of white males. “I wanted to use those white-American-guy stereotypes as a Japanese girl who can’t fit in, who can never be an American girl,” she explains.
Sadness is awful and happiness is exhausting in the world of Mitski. The effect of Puberty 2, however, is a stark opposite: invigorating, inspiring and beautiful.
“Happiness fucks you:
“Happiness is up, sadness is down, but one’s almost more destructive than the other. When you realize you can’t have one without the other, it’s possible to spend periods of happiness just waiting for that other wave.”
Mitski –Puberty 2
Puberty 2 picks up where its predecessor left off, exuding confidence and brutal levels of beauty.
Mitski’s voice brings tension and excitement along with a brave, new sound of angst and pure emotion.
Mitski and band will play SXSW and tour all over in the months to come. The live band will be a three-piece: Mitski (bass/vocals), Callan Dwan (guitar) and Casey Weissbuch (drums).
Mitski’s Puberty 2 album is released via Dead Oceans. The limited edition White Vinyl will sell out quickly, so act fast to ensure that you get a copy.
- Dan the Dancer
- Once More to See You
- Your Best American Girl
- I Bet on Losing Dogs
- My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars
- Thursday Girl
- A Loving Feeling
- Crack Baby
- A Burning Hill
The best things come in thin square packages.
Dead Oceans is on the cutting edge of new music, including The Tallest Man on Earth, Julianna Barwick, and Strand of Oaks.
The Limited edition White Vinyl will look sweet as it spins around your turntable. Act fast to get your copy before it’s gone!
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