14 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In an interview with the BBC in 2018, Iggy Pop called Mitski “probably the most advanced American songwriter that I know”—a rave that briefly tempted the Japan-born, New York-based singer to call it a career. “I thought maybe it would be best to quit music now that I’d gotten to the whole point of it, which is to be known by your personal saints,” Mitski tells Apple Music. “Very unfortunately, I can’t seem to quit music.”

But even with a widening chorus of cosigns—and a recent stint opening for Lorde in stadiums and arenas—Mitski revels in solitude on her fifth album. The 14 tracks feature precise thoughts on loneliness and self-discovery, encased in ambient textures (“Blue Light,” “Come into the Water,” “A Horse Named Cold Air”) and tempos that range from dance music (“Nobody”) to pensive balladry (“Two Slow Dancers”). On the latter—one of her favorites on the album—she put old anxieties to rest. “For once, I didn’t let my deep-seated fear of losing someone’s attention interfere with doing what I felt was best for a song,” Mitski explains, “which was to make it slow, long, and minimal.”

“Washing Machine Heart” uses the metaphor of laundering a partner’s soiled kicks for sonic and lyrical inspiration. “I imagined that’s the sound of someone’s heart going wild,” she explains, “and I thought about what would create that painful sort of exhilaration.” From the dejected sigh that opens “Me and My Husband,” an unflinching peek into relationship doldrums and suburban ennui, to the alone-on-Christmas levels of “Nobody” that Morrissey himself would eat a bacon sandwich to reach, Mitski knows her album is a mood: “I guess I'm just incredibly tapped into that specific human condition.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

In an interview with the BBC in 2018, Iggy Pop called Mitski “probably the most advanced American songwriter that I know”—a rave that briefly tempted the Japan-born, New York-based singer to call it a career. “I thought maybe it would be best to quit music now that I’d gotten to the whole point of it, which is to be known by your personal saints,” Mitski tells Apple Music. “Very unfortunately, I can’t seem to quit music.”

But even with a widening chorus of cosigns—and a recent stint opening for Lorde in stadiums and arenas—Mitski revels in solitude on her fifth album. The 14 tracks feature precise thoughts on loneliness and self-discovery, encased in ambient textures (“Blue Light,” “Come into the Water,” “A Horse Named Cold Air”) and tempos that range from dance music (“Nobody”) to pensive balladry (“Two Slow Dancers”). On the latter—one of her favorites on the album—she put old anxieties to rest. “For once, I didn’t let my deep-seated fear of losing someone’s attention interfere with doing what I felt was best for a song,” Mitski explains, “which was to make it slow, long, and minimal.”

“Washing Machine Heart” uses the metaphor of laundering a partner’s soiled kicks for sonic and lyrical inspiration. “I imagined that’s the sound of someone’s heart going wild,” she explains, “and I thought about what would create that painful sort of exhilaration.” From the dejected sigh that opens “Me and My Husband,” an unflinching peek into relationship doldrums and suburban ennui, to the alone-on-Christmas levels of “Nobody” that Morrissey himself would eat a bacon sandwich to reach, Mitski knows her album is a mood: “I guess I'm just incredibly tapped into that specific human condition.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings
71 Ratings
nollieo ,

It Just Keeps Getting Better

I've become slightly infatuated with Mitski ever since two summers ago, when a past love first played "A Burning HIll" for me. Since then, I've religiously followed this wonderful woman, through her past work/ albums, tours, and interviews, so by now it's safe to say that as the years go by, production has become cleaner, her lyrics continue to strike, and the feelings all return the same as they once did. I screamed, cried, and later choked on my breakfast when I heard Geyser, a beauty of an opening track. I cannot wait to listen to what she has in store this time around.

babysadist ,

Truly Can’t Wait!!

I found Mitski by chance on Bandcamp and fell in love with her last album, “Puberty 2”. When I found out a new album was coming I freaked!! “Geyser” was wonderful, but I have to listen to “Nobody” at least 3x a day!! Can’t WAIT for the whole album to drop!!

starfleetstreet ,

True talent, we stan ✨♎️

Amazing to watch Mitski develop as an artist the past few years. Delivered everything she said she would and more on this album. Glad to see so many people enjoying her music on social media. It’s funny that loneliness can bring so many people together.

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