Captivating Japanese-American songstress MITSKI today announces that she will land in Australia for two intimate shows later this year, playing at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Wednesday 29th November and Melbourne’s Howler on Friday 1st December.
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Described by The Guardian as "unflinching confessional pop full of wit and pain", the accomplished young artist has received an abundance of accolades since the release of her 2016 album Puberty 2, which thrust her firmly into the spotlight.
The 11-track long-player is the follow-up to 2014's Bury Me At Makeout Creek, and picks up where its predecessor left off. “It's kind of a two parter,” explains Mitski, “It's similar in sound, but a direct growth from that record.” Musically, there are subtle evolutions: electronic drum machines pulse throughout beneath Pixies-ish guitars, while saxophone lights up its opening track. “I had a certain confidence this time. I knew what I wanted, knew what I was doing and wasn't afraid to do things that some people may not like.”
Pitchfork named the album’s powerful lead single, ‘Your Best American Girl’ as their Best New Track on release, saying, “Even as the song swells towards severity, Mitski’s delicate voice stays intact at the front of the mix, like a shelter amid total chaos.” The track received praise from the likes of NPR Music, The FADER, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone for its original portrayal of feeling “half Japanese, half American, but not fully either.”
Stereogum wrote of follow-up single ‘Happy’, “No one else can make shattering sound like such an act of strength.”
Known for her magnetic on-stage energy, Mitski’s live show is something to experience, and the intimate venues she will play in Australia make this a must-see for 2017. Having graced the stages of this year’s Coachella, Primavera Sound and Glastonbury festivals, and straight off the back of extensive North American touring, Mitski will be in fine form when she touches down in Australia later this year.
"There's more variety in her singing, which moves from aggrieved to sultry to resigned. And there's more ambition in the music, which doubles down on grit while also rounding things out with a buffer of soul." –The New York Times