MITSKI  – ” Laurel Hell “

Posted: January 20, 2022 in MUSIC
Mitski Laurel Hell 69 Most Anticipated Albums of 2022

The forthcoming Mitski album “Laurel Hell” (February 4th,on Dead Oceans), was recently included in the list of Most Anticipated Albums of 2022 list. Mitski has shared another single off the album, “Love Me More,” alongside a terrifying video.

“Love Me More” is a clear ode to the drama of ‘80s pop, featuring building synths and ominous pianos that urge toward a thrilling climax. Mitski yearns for a love as satisfying and fervent as hers as she sings, “I need you to love me more / Love me more, love me more / Love enough to fill me up.”

Speaking further on the song itself, Mitski said: As “Love Me More” was written pre-pandemic, lyrics like “If I keep myself at home” had different meanings than what they would now, but I kept them on the album because I found that some of the sentiments not only remained the same, but were accentuated by the lockdown.

“Love Me More” went through the most iterations out of all the songs on the album. It’s been too fast, too slow, and at some point, it was even an old style country song. Finally, I think because we had watched The Exorcist, we thought of Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” and experimented with floating an ostinato over the chorus. As we steadily evolved the ostinato to fit over the chord progressions, we began to hear how the track was meant to sound.

Mitski is preparing to release “Laurel Hell“, her anticipated follow-up to 2018’s “Be the Cowboy“, We’ve already heard a few singles from the uptempo, new wave inspired album.

The song is synth-disco seduction outlined by a bit of guitar twang (at times it feels like the subdued sister of the Flashdance theme). The song stings with urgency as Mitski envisions another life for herself during the first verse: “If I keep myself at home / I won’t make the same mistake that I made for 15 years / I could be a new girl / I will be a new girl.” The accompanying video directed by Christopher Good illustrates that impulse to escape the industry and passion she’s pursued for decades. She encounters a creepy puppet version of herself who dances for the flowers; then she’s in an accident, encased in a full body cast, only to be put back on stage; later, giant piano keys fall like dominos of doom. Lots of symbolism to unpack here!

As we steadily evolved the ostinato to fit over the chord progressions, we began to hear how the track was meant to sound.”

The accompanying video was directed by Christopher Good, known for directing the video for her hit “Nobody.” Like a somehow even more twisted Alice in Wonderland, Mitski finds herself in a nightmarish sequence of events featuring creepy dolls, intimidatingly large pianos and crows.

Below, watch the video for “Love Me More,” and keep scrolling to revisit “Working for the Knife” and “Heat Lightning,” “I needed to create something that was also a pep talk,” she has said. The LP examines love from the standpoint of forgiveness with a sense of both vulnerability and resilience, assuring it will resonate with Gen Z and millennial music fans alike. 

Laurel Hell February 4th release

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