MITSKI – ” Heat Lightnin “

Posted: December 9, 2021 in MUSIC
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Singer Songwriter Mitski has released another track from her forthcoming LP “Laurel Hell”. It’s called “Heat Lightning,” and it arrives with an animated lyric video created by Alex Moy..

“Laurel Hell” is out February 4th via Dead Oceans Records. The follow-up to Mitski’s 2018 album “Be the Cowboy” includes the previously shared singles “Working for the Knife” and “The Only Heartbreaker.” Mitski recorded her upcoming LP with her long time producer Patrick Hyland. She will set out on a sold out tour in support of “Laurel Hell” early next year.

We don’t typically look to pop albums to answer our cultural moment, let alone to meet the soul hunger left in the wake of global catastrophe. But occasionally, an artist proves the form more malleable and capacious than we knew. With “Laurel Hell”, Mitski cements her reputation as an artist in possession of such power – capable of using her talent to perform the alchemy that turns our most savage and alienated experiences into the very elixir that cures them. Her critically beloved last album, “Be the Cowboy“, built on the breakout acclaim of 2016’s “Puberty 2” and launched her from cult favourite to indie star. She ascended amid a fever of national division, and the grind of touring and pitfalls of increased visibility influenced her music as much as her spirit. Like the mountain laurels for this new album is named, public perception, like the intoxicating prism of the internet, can offer an alluring façade that obscures a deadly trap—one that tightens the more you struggle. Exhausted by this warped mirror, and our addiction to false binaries, she began writing songs that stripped away the masks and revealed the complex and often contradictory realities behind them. She wrote many of these songs during or before 2018, while the album finished mixing in May 2021.

It is the longest span of time Mitski has ever spent on a record, and a process that concluded amid a radically changed world. Recorded throughout the isolation of a global pandemic, during which some of the songs “slowly took on new forms and meanings, like seed to flower.” Sometimes it’s hard to see the change when you’re the agent of it, but for the lucky rest of us, Mitski has written a soundtrack for transformation, a map to the place where vulnerability and resilience, sorrow and delight, error and transcendence can all sit within our humanity, can all be seen as worthy of acknowledgment, and ultimately, love.

CD variants: There are four limited edition alternate versions of Laurel Hell: the Stay Soft Get Eaten CDs. Each edition makes up one quadrant of a greater image so that when all four are put together, one cohesive exclusive image of Mitski appears. Each edition is named after a line from the hook of the album’s third track “Stay Soft”: “STAY Version,” “SOFT Version,” “GET Version,” and “EATEN Version.” These are signified by the version titles being in the corner of each slipcover.

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