Mitski‘s new music video for “A Pearl,” produced in collaboration with Spotify and Art Camp, is a swirling landscape in which the floor is literally pulled out from underneath you.
The video is made of over 1,400 individually painted frames that feature of a girl walking while the scene around her twists, turns, and flips upside down. It’s a dizzying experience as the figure runs through empty planes, a house coming to life, and even jumps off an unseen cliff into a choppy ocean. Continue reading →
Forget everything you thought you knew about a Mitski concert.
The basement show power trio with the frontwoman rocking a hot pink bass? The expanded band that brought songs from Puberty 2 to life on an arena show with Lorde? The occasional solo sets that are moving in the best way? All things of the past.
For the opening night of tour in support of this year’s outstanding Be The Cowboy, Mitski Miyawaki showed a packed Union Transfer that — much in the same way the record is a next-level move in terms of taking her already deeply affecting songwriting to new heights — her stage show was now bigger, bolder, and more of a vehicle for the best kind of catharsis.
With her four-piece band handling practically all the instrumental duties, Mitski stayed in the front of the stage, using her freed up limbs to spend the entire set gesturing, twisting her body, leaping on the floor, moving to the music in powerful and gripping ways. It reminded me of Klaus Nomi, it reminded me of St. Vincent. It showed that, as much as words and sounds are powerful vehicles for conveying meaning and emotion, so too is movement. Continue reading →
This morning, the indie rock singer songwriter brings us to the end of the night, long after the lights have come up, long after the doors are locked, long after everybody else has moved on, and all that remains are “Two Slow Dancers.” The song is withdrawn and contemplative, a solitary Rhodes-sounding keyboard as the scene is set with an estranged couple reunited in a high school gymnasium and reflecting how “it would be so much easier if we were young again.” Continue reading →
Ahead of Mitski’s new album Be The Cowboy, Mitski has released a music video for the second single “Nobody”. I first heard this track a month ago, closing out Mitski’s set at NON-COMM. I was struck by how different it is than her previous work, in everything but the sentiment. She ventures farther up the fretboard on this track, upping the tempo to create a perfect bop while the chorus, only the word “nobody,” hints at a darker side. The song builds in its subtle eeriness, an offsetting key change near the end creating unease while the chorus fades in and out. The song perfectly collides pop and disco with Mitski’s self-reflective nature. Think “crying-but-dancing”. Continue reading →
Some consider her the queen of indie rock — and they may just be right. Still gliding on the success of her 2016 breakout album Puberty 2, Mitski recently announced her next record, Be The Cowboy, which will be released August 17. The first string of full-band tour dates behind the new record will take Mitski through the UK and Europe, but lucky for us her just-announced North American tour starts off right here in Philly, with a Union Transfer show on October 19. Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield will open the show. Continue reading →
During a recent show at Christchurch, New Zealand, Lorde surprised fans with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” Stripping away dramatic theatrics, the rendition played out as a haunting folk tune that, carried by the same guitar melody, later morphs seamlessly into her Pure Heroine track, “400 Lux.” Continue reading →
Teenage strange-pop superstar Lorde is coming to Wells Fargo this April 2nd, which is some pretty flippin’ cool stuff on its own. But nope, someone must’ve said, we must make it even more wildly awesome. And then they casually added Run the JewelsandMitski to the bill to completely rock the socks off of all the people. Continue reading →
Indie rock goddess Mitski returns to Philadelphia tonight in another round of touring to support her latest album Puberty 2. The singer-songwriter has made her way through several local venues from our own World Cafe to First Unitarian Church to PhilaMOCA and more, and this time around she has graduated to headlining Union Transfer. Mitski’s cutting lyrics and powerful voice driven by electric guitar makes for an intimate live performance in both the quiet moments and in the loud no matter the size of the venue. The night will also be a hometown show for Philly-based opener Half Waif who will be on the road with Mitski for the duration of the tour. For more information on the sold out show, click here. Continue reading →
One Direction was never really my cup o’ tea. My boy band quota was already filled to max capacity with ‘N SYNC and some select Backstreet Boys ballads. So when I heard Mitski recorded a cover of 1D’s song, “Fireproof,” I was totally intrigued to hear how she would spin the bubble-gum pop track. And, of course, being the badass indie queen that she is, Mitski’s cover grabs the song by the throat and commands it to be her own. Continue reading →
Last year, Mitski took the indie circuit by storm with Puberty 2, her widely-acclaimed fourth record. In the months that followed, the New York-based singer/songwriter made numerous Philly appearances, but now, she’s about to make another. This July 7th, a little more than a year after Puberty 2’s release,Mitski will headline Union Transfer. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →