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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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For four albums now, Mitski Miyawaki has been swimming in the waves of an American indie rock with electro-pop influences. The fifth, Be The Cowboy, is a subtle collection of 14 original compositions, each one rarely exceeding two and a half minutes, but long enough to reflect Mitski's vision of multiple loves. With evocative descriptions of various encounters, overflowing with philosophical images, there’s an almost cinematographic dimension to Be The Cowboy. Mainly gifted for her piano compositions, she tells here several elegant stories, plays with synth variations, mixes the big and the small, sorrows and joys... In short, Mitski is a sculptor of moods and sensations. She slips between earthy pop rock (Washing Machine Heart) and melancholic piano ballads (A Horse Named Cold Air), always delivering catchy and pleasant choruses (like on Nobody). Surprising and innovative. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 17, 2016 | Dead Oceans

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Based in Brooklyn but with an unsettled background that called over a dozen countries on multiple continents home before she reached her twenties, Mitski Miyawaki makes her Dead Oceans debut with her fourth album, Puberty 2. Her background is not irrelevant here, as the album reflects her own, very personal -- and intentional or not, her generation's -- crisis of belonging as she recounts stories of navigating young adulthood in the City. A visceral work that shares the immediacy of classic punk and confessional singer/songwriter fare at once, Puberty 2 takes listeners behind closed doors with the kind of no-holds-barred lyrics that are likely to leave a lasting impression. The opener "Happy" is full of bite and irony as she describes a hook-up and his stealthy exit in a context of grooving rhythms, a catchy melody, and poppy saxophone solos. Through it all in the background -- though it's brought to the fore in the intro and outro -- is the relentless pounding of a drum. Understated guitar and synths mark the infectious "Fireworks," which has Mitski predict, almost deadpan, "One morning this sadness will fossilize/And I will forget how to cry." As the song builds momentum, many listeners will catch themselves bobbing heads in time despite its despondent lyrics. The fuzzier "Your Best American Girl" plays more like a power ballad as the singer, whose mother's side of the family is Japanese, laments the end of a relationship with an "All-American boy." The break-up is at least partly due to the predicted disapproval of his mother. A two-minute punk anthem for the nation's youth and beyond, "My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars" frets "I wanna see the whole world/I don't know how I'm gonna pay rent." Here her voice lets loose, shouting and gasping, in sharp contrast to the deliberate self-control of some of the other tracks. Fearless and affecting from beginning to end, Puberty 2, while certainly individualistic, has the potential for far-reaching relatability. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2014 | Dead Oceans

"[I]nventive and resourceful in a '90s-indie way. The choruses here soar like power pop, but are subdued by tempo and fidelity, while cheap drum machines are deployed as much for their tone as their rhythm."

Alternative & Indie - Released August 26, 2015 | Audiotree Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 27, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 10, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 15, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 2, 2016 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2016 | Dead Oceans

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