Mitski: Finding Comfort in Confusion
Japanese-American singer-songwriter and musician, Mitski Miyawaki–known mononymously as Mitski–has one of the most interesting sounds in Indie Rock right now. Her unpolished vocals lilt seamlessly across intense, sporadic runs from her electric guitar, which are softened by romantic melodies from her piano. Altogether, she creates a melancholic symphony for our ears while driving her plaintive lyrics home with unnerving offhandedness. Haunting and strange, her sound draws inspiration from 90s Punk Rock, but deftly redefines itself as a sound of its own conception. She sings of love, loss, loneliness, the familiar existential turmoil of adolescence and young adulthood, and reminds us again that our experiences are not as singular as we may often believe.
“It's nice to know there's a big world with many perspectives. I tend to get so stuck in my own small world easily, and going out into the world reminds me that I'm not the center of the world - in a good way.”
After 4 full length studio albums, Mitski released her fifth full length studio album, Be The Cowboy, to widespread critical acclaim. The album is a departure from her previous work–long gone are the empathetic piano soundscapes and distorted machinations from before, in place of something more self-assured and decidedly autonomous. After its initial release in August this year, she began her Be The Cowboy Tour, which finishes out its NYC leg December 3rd at Brooklyn Steel.
Be The Cowboy is available on all major music streaming platforms now.