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Mitski announces new album, Puberty 2, shares lead single “Your Best American Girl” — listen

on March 02, 2016, 12:25pm

Photo by​ ​Ebru Yildiz

Since her explosive debut as a rock musician with 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek, our eyes have been firmly on Brooklyn’s Mitski. Today, the 25-year-old has announced the follow-up to that name-making LP, Puberty 2, due out June 17th via Dead Oceans.

According to press for the release, Puberty 2 finds the artist born Mitski Miyawaki exploring how happiness can almost be as damaging as sadness. “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,” she explains. Considered “kind of a two parter” in conjunction with its predecessor, the new record has a similar feel to the prior one, though a more assured songwriter led to more assured songs. “I had a certain confidence this time,” Mitski says. “I knew what I wanted, knew what I was doing and wasn’t afraid to do things that some people may not like.”

You can certinaly hear that confidence on lead single “Your Best American Girl”. What starts off as a sauntering acoustic indie number builds until it breaks as a shining punk song. Mitski’s poetic lyrics (“Your mother wouldn’t approve of how my mother raised me/ But I do/ I think I do”) are further punctuated by her impassioned delivery. She says she “hammed up the tropes” of punk music as a way of subverting its prevalence among 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.”

Take a listen below.

Pubert 2 Artwork:

mitski puberty 2

Puberty 2 Tracklist:
01. Happy
02. Dan the Dancer
03. Once More to See You
04. Fireworks
05. Your Best American Girl
06. I Bet on Losing Dogs
07. My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars
08. Thursday Girl
09. A Loving Feeling
10. Crack Baby
11. A Burning Hill

Mitski has also announced an extensive string of North American and European tour dates in support of Puberty 2.

Mitski 2016 Tour Dates:
03/12 – McAllen, TX @ Galax Z Fair V at Yerberia (South by Southwest)
03/16 – Austin, TX @ Hype Hotel – YVYNYL x S&S x Hype Machine (South by Southwest)
03/17 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Secretly Group & Friends (South by Southwest)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ PEN – Portals SXSW 2016 (South by Southwest)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall – Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2 (South by Southwest)
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Studium – She Shreds x Punctum Records Presents (South by Southwest)
04/17 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique (solo show)
04/19 – London, UK @ Birthdays (solo show)
04/21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire (solo show)
04/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Basement (solo show)
06/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
06/22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
06/25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
06/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory
06/29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
07/01 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
07/02 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
07/03 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
07/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
07/06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
07/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
07/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
07/09 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
07/11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
07/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
07/13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
07/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
07/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
07/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
07/20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07/22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
07/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

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