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Mitski Announces An Intimate New Album With The Epic Single ‘Geyser’

Mitski established herself as an artist to watch with her 2016 album Puberty 2, enough so that she went on the road with Lorde and Run The Jewels. Now she’s ready to follow up that success with some more: Today, she’s announced that her fifth album, Be The Cowboy, will be out on August 17 via Dead Oceans. Accompanying the announcement is the orchestral and electronic lead single, “Geyser,” which is barely longer than two minutes, and it spends that whole time building up to an epic and booming payoff.

Mitski says that the new record is more narrative than her past work, and that she strove to create an intimate atmosphere:

“For this new record, I experimented in narrative and fiction. [I had in mind] a very controlled icy repressed woman who is starting to unravel. Because women have so little power and showing emotion is seen as weakness, this ‘character’ clings to any amount of control she can get. Still, there is something very primordial in her that is trying to find a way to get out. […] [Producer Patrick Hyland and I kept returning to] the image of someone alone on a stage, singing solo with a single spotlight trained on them in an otherwise dark room. For most of the tracks, we didn’t layer the vocals with doubles or harmonies to achieve that campy ‘person singing alone on stage’ atmosphere.”

She also says the record is about her reconnecting with her feelings: “I had been on the road for a long time, which is so isolating, and had to run my own business at the same time. A lot of this record was me not having any feelings, being completely spent but then trying to rally myself and wake up and get back to Mitski.”

Watch the video for “Geyser” above, and below, check out the Be The Cowboy album art and tracklist, as well as her upcoming tour dates.

Dead Oceans

1. “Geyser”
2. “Why Didn’t You Stop Me”
3. “Old Friend”
4. “A Pearl”
5. “Lonesome Love”
6. “Remember My Name”
7. “Me And My Husband”
8. “Come Into the Water”
9. “Nobody”
10. “Pink In The Night”
11. “A Horse Named Cold Air”
12. “Washing Machine Heart”
13. “Blue Light”
14. “Two Slow Dancers”

6/9 — Bozeman, MT @ Rialto Bozeman — solo
6/12 — Fort Collins, CO @ The Armory ^ — solo
6/14 — Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf ^ — solo
6/15 — El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace ^ — solo
6/16 — Marfa, TX @ Crowley Theater ^ — solo
6/20 — Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s ^ — solo
6/22 — Gainesville, FL @ High Dive ^ — solo
6/23 — Savannah, GA @ El Rocko ^ — solo
6/30 — Woodstock, NY @ Colony % — solo
9/19 — Manchester, UK @ Manchester Gorilla *
9/20 — Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke’s *
9/22 — Dublin, IE @ Tivoli Theatre *
9/24 — Leeds, UK @ Brudnell Social Club *
9/25 — Bristol, UK @ Trinity Arts Centre *
9/26 — London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire *
9/28 — Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
9/29 — Antwerp, BE @ TRIX
10/1 — Cologne, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
10/2 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord (Tolhuistuin) *
10/4 — Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden *
10/5 — Vesterbro, DK @ Vega *
10/6 — Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich *

# = w/ Briana Marela
^ = w/ Katie von Schleicher
% = w/ Caroline Rose
* = w/ EERA

Be The Cowboy is out 8/17 via Dead Oceans. Pre-order it here.

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