Mitski

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Mitski
Mitski performing at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts
Mitski performing in Boston, 2016
Background information
Birth name Mitski Miyawaki
Born (1990-09-27) September 27, 1990 (age 27)
Japan
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Website mitski.com

Mitski Miyawaki (born September 27, 1990), known mononymously as Mitski, is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter and musician. She embarked on her musical career while studying at Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, during which she self-released her first two albums: Lush (2012), and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013). After graduating, Mitski released in 2014 her critically acclaimed third studio album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek through Double Double Whammy. Her fourth studio album Puberty 2 was released in 2016 to further acclaim, and her fifth studio album Be the Cowboy is set to be released in 2018.

Life and career[edit]

Mitski Miyawaki was born on September 27, 1990 in Japan to an American father and Japanese mother. She grew up surrounded by her father's Smithsonian folk recordings and mother's 1970s Japanese pop CDs. Because of her father's job, which she prefers to not disclose, she and her family moved frequently, living in thirteen countries, including Turkey, China, Malaysia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, before eventually settling in New York City.[1] After enrolling at Hunter College to study film, she decided to pursue music instead and transferred to Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, where she studied studio compositions. During her time at Purchase College, she recorded and self-released her piano-based first and second albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013), as student projects.[2][3][4] After graduating, she served as the vocalist for the short-lived prog-metal band Voice Coils,[5] and began work on her third studio album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, which was released on November 11, 2014 through Double Double Whammy. The album represented a sonic departure from Mitski's orchestral and classical piano background found in her first two albums, exchanging it for raw, impulsive guitar.[4] It garnered critical acclaim from numerous publications.[6][7][8][9]

On December 22, 2015, Mitski signed with Dead Oceans before releasing new music the following year.[10] She announced her fourth studio album, Puberty 2, on March 1, 2016, and shared the lead single, "Your Best American Girl".[11] She released another single, "Happy", before the release of the album on June 17.[12] The album was recorded over a two-week period at Acme Studios in Westchester County, New York, and was produced by longtime collaborator Patrick Hyland.[13] The album received widespread acclaim from music critics.[14]

On February 21, 2017, the Pixies announced US tour dates with Mitski as a supporting act.[15] On May 1, a compilation album consisting of 100 songs by different artists titled Our First 100 Days was released. It includes Mitski's cover of One Direction's song "Fireproof". The compilation aims to raise funds for organizations that support causes threatened by Donald Trump's proposed policies.[16] Mitski played a cover of the song back in 2015, but that version has since been taken down.[17] Mitski also covered Frank Sinatra's 1951 classic "I'm a Fool to Want You" for the 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood compilation album, which also includes songs by Björk, Bon Iver, Feist and more.[18] On October 4, Lorde announced Mitski will be an opening act for selected dates as part of her Melodrama World Tour.[19] On November 1, a short film starring Mitski called Sitting was released.[20]

On April 20, 2018, Mitski teamed up with the experimental band Xiu Xiu on the song "Between the Breaths" for the soundtrack of the sci-fi comedy film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on the short story of the same name.[21] On May 14, 2018, Mitski's upcoming fifth studio album, Be the Cowboy, was made available for pre-order without prior announcement. The lead single, "Geyser", was released on the same day alongside its accompanying music video.[22] The second single, "Nobody", was released on June 26 accompanied by a music video,[23] and the third and final single to precede the album, "Two Slow Dancers", was released on August 9 alongside a lyric video.[24] Be the Cowboy is set to be released on August 17, through Dead Oceans.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Mitski reflects her cross-cultural identity as "half Japanese, half American but not fully either", a feeling that is often reflected in her music, which occasionally discusses issues of belonging.[1] Mitski expressed the tension of being a private person and her discomfort with the attention that comes with being in the public eye, therefore preferring to keep her personal life private.[26]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions.
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat.

[27]
US
Indie

[28]
US
Rock

[29]
US
Alt.

[30]
Lush
Retired from Sad, New Career in Business
  • Released: August 1, 2013
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Bury Me at Makeout Creek
  • Released: November 11, 2014
  • Label: Double Double Whammy
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
Puberty 2 5 18 32 19
Be the Cowboy
  • Released: August 17, 2018
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
To be released

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details.
Title Album details
Audiotree Live
  • Released: July 5, 2015[32]
  • Label: Audiotree
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"First Love / Late Spring"[33] 2014 Bury Me at Makeout Creek
"Townie"[34]
"I Don't Smoke"[35]
"I Will"[36]
"Your Best American Girl"[11] 2016 Puberty 2
"Happy"[12]
"Between the Breaths"[21]
(with Xiu Xiu)
2018 How to Talk to Girls at Parties (Soundtrack)
"Geyser"[22] Be the Cowboy
"Nobody"[23]
"Two Slow Dancers"[24][37]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Fireproof"[16]
(One Direction cover)
2017 Our First 100 Days
"I'm a Fool to Want You"[18]
(Frank Sinatra cover)
2017 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart" 2013 Ryan Galloway [38]
"Shame" Alan Wertz [39]
"Humpty" Jovon Outlaw [40]
"Class of 2013" [41]
"I Want You" [42]
"Because Dreaming Costs Money, My Dear" Heather Barcelo [43]
"Circle" Alan Wertz [44]
"Townie" 2014 Allyssa Yohana [45]
2015 Faye Orlove [46]
"Your Best American Girl" 2016 Zia Anger [47]
"Happy" Maegan Houang [48]
"A Burning Hill" Bradley Rust Gray [49]
"Geyser" 2018 Zia Anger [22]
"Nobody" Christopher Good [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Puberty 2". Dead Oceans. June 17, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Taking All of Mitski". Impose Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ "In Sight Out: Mitski". Pitchfork. September 19, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Donelson, Marcy. "Mitski | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Voice Coils = prog metal from mems of Mitski, Roomrunner, Extra Life, Porches & more, playing 7" release show at DbA". BrooklynVegan. September 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Mitski:Bury Me At Makeout Creek Album Review". Pitchfork. November 14, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Premiere - Brooklyn Newcomer Mitski's Spellbinding 'I Will'". NME. 2014-10-21. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bury Me At Makeout Creek Album Review". Rolling Stone. December 18, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Holding the Audience Hostage, With a Wail;Mitski Leaves Her Mark at the Knitting Factory". The New York Times. December 19, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "New Artist // Dead Oceans Signs Mitski". Dead Oceans. December 22, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Mitski announces new album, Puberty 2, shares lead single "Your Best American Girl"". Consequence of Sound. March 2, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Mitski was "Happy" once on new single — listen". Consequence of Sound. May 3, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Q&A: Mitski Goes Back To Her Roots On Puberty 2". 8 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Reviews for Puberty 2 by Mitski". Metacritic. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pixies Add U.S. Tour Dates With Mitski". Pitchfork. February 21, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b "Our First 100 Days". Bandcamp. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Mitski Covers One Direction's "Fireproof": Listen". Pitchfork. April 7, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  18. ^ a b Gray, Julia (October 19, 2017). "Mitski – "I'm A Fool To Want You" (Frank Sinatra Cover)". Stereogum. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  19. ^ Strauss, Matthew (October 4, 2017). "Run the Jewels and Mitski Touring With Lorde". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  20. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (November 1, 2017). "Mitski Stars in New Short Film SITTING". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  21. ^ a b Yoo, Noah (April 20, 2018). "Mitski Links With Xiu Xiu for New Song "Between the Breaths"". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  22. ^ a b c Boilen, Bob (May 14, 2018). "Mitski Shares And Talks About New Song And Album". NPR. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  23. ^ a b c "Mitski Presents New Single, "Nobody", and Accompanying Video". Dead Oceans. June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  24. ^ a b Daramola, Israel (August 9, 2018). "Mitski – "Two Slow Dancers"". Spin. Retrieved August 9, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Be the Cowboy by Mitski on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  26. ^ Caramanica, Jon (June 2, 2016). "Mitski's 'Puberty 2' Mines Her Scars for Raw Meaning". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Mitski – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Mitski – Chart history: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Mitski – Chart history: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Mitski – Chart history: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Lush". Bandcamp. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Mitski - Audiotree Live". Bandcamp. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  33. ^ Rettig, James (May 14, 2014). "Mitski – "First Love/Late Spring" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  34. ^ Geffen, Sasha (September 16, 2014). "Exclusive Song Premiere And Interview: 'townie,' Mitski". Interview Magazine. Retrieved July 4, 2018. We're also excited to premiere "Townie," the rollicking second single from Bury Me at Makeout Creek. 
  35. ^ Saunders, Jack. "Mitski, "I Don't Smoke"". Impose. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  36. ^ Capri, Katie. "Stream "I Will" by Mitski". Impose. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  37. ^ Colburn, Randall (August 9, 2018). "Mitski shares the wistful, starry-eyed "Two Slow Dancers": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 9, 2018. 
  38. ^ "Mitski - Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart". YouTube. June 24, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  39. ^ "Mitski - Shame". YouTube. July 2, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  40. ^ "Mitski - Humpty". YouTube. July 17, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  41. ^ "Mitski - Class of 2013". YouTube. July 24, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  42. ^ "Mitski - I Want You". YouTube. August 8, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  43. ^ "Mitski - Because Dreaming Costs Money, My Dear". YouTube. August 22, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  44. ^ "Mitski - Circle". YouTube. August 29, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  45. ^ "Sunday Video: Townie". Rookie. November 9, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  46. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (March 9, 2015). "Mitski Gets Animated In The Video For "Townie"". The Fader. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  47. ^ "Mitski - Your Best American Girl (Official Video)". YouTube. April 13, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  48. ^ "Mitski - Happy (Official Video)". YouTube. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  49. ^ "Mitski - A Burning Hill (Official Video)". YouTube. October 11, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 

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