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Mitski was “Happy” once on new single — listen

on May 03, 2016, 10:50am

Photo by Ben Kaye

Mitski has dubbed her new album Puberty 2, and it’s becoming increasingly clear how fitting a title that is. Each new track released from the record reveals an emotionally tumultuous moment that perfectly aligns with the mental disarray of coming of age. First there was the breathtaking “You Best American Girl” and now the Brooklyn songwriter has returned with “Happy”.

The track starts out with a sputtering drum machine, adding pianos and horns as it snowballs into a sweet indie song with a sour message. “Happiness f**ks you,” Mitski said in a statement regarding “Happy”. “Once it’s in your hands, you try to hold onto it, but the nature of happiness is that it passes through and eventually leaves, and something else — sadness, anger, a low after the high — has to follow. This song is about this exhaustive and exhausting cycle, and how sometimes one would rather not have any of it at all than be constantly thrown about by the waves of these fleeting states.”

It’s a sentiment she captures poetically on every part of the track, but perhaps best on the second verse: “I locked the door behind him and I turned around to see/ Oh, the cookie wrappers and the empty cups of tea/ Well, I sighed and mumbled to myself, ‘Again, I have to clean.'” Mitski may just be developing into one of indie’s best lyricists, and you can hear why below.

The follow-up to 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout CreekPuberty 2 is due out June 17th via Dead Oceans. Mitski has also added new European tour dates in support of the release, and you can find her full itinerary below.

Mitski 2016 Tour Dates:
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 @ Echoplex *
07/08 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club Ballroom
07/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
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 Rit *
07/25 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery *
07/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09/20 – Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club
09/22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
09/24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
09/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
09/27 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
09/28 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
09/30 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
10/01 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
10/02 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
10/04 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/05 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
10/06 – London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park

* = w/ Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som

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