When: Wed., July 20, 7 p.m. 2016
In June Fader published a feature on indie-rocker Mitski Miyawaki with a headline that says she makes “sad songs for grown-ups.” At 25 the Japanese-American singer-songwriter knows feelings don’t dissolve with age, and in fact told the New York Times that she’s lost sleep because “I have a very conveniently photographic memory of emotions—it’s overwhelming because things don’t fade for me.” The emotions fueling and festering on her fourth album, June’s Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans), feel fresh, and Mitski wields them with the precision of a surgeon and the heart of someone who’s been roughed up enough to have war stories. She approaches white-hot feelings by imubing her songs with complicated nuances that reflect contemporary struggles with identity and impossible desires. Mitski molds her brooding, pliable indie rock to whatever the mood demands via intimate folk picking, lo-fi rock riffs, or measured postpunk collages. The results are liable to leave a mark. On “Your Best American Girl” she sings about two lovers struggling to make sense of their incongruous backgrounds in the face of an idealistic blueprint that doesn’t fit reality. The song’s cascading guitars briefly ensnare the effervescent love that can make anyone feel invincible; in a tune that serves as a relationship’s epilogue, Mitski’s bittersweet vocals impart failure with grace.
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