After the critically acclaimed album Bury Me at Makeout Creek in 2014, Mitski Miyawaki, better known by her mononym Mitski, is back with her fourth album, Puberty 2. She is currently on tour, and has sold out most of her dates, proving that this one will be even more successful than the prior. The singer-songwriter has the charisma to express her thoughts and struggles in a way that resonates with many people, which makes for an instant connection. She touches on matters of cross-cultural identity, social norms, death, the feeling of not belonging, and the ever-so-painful anxiety of love.
All she needed was her drummer, a sound machine and her electric guitar to fill the sold-out Crocodile with noise. She spoke a few times, thanking her audience for the support and being there, and at the end she emphasized, “Really, thank you for being here, you’re making my dreams come true,” which was very heartfelt. Her cover of Calvin Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love” was a masterpiece that I couldn’t believe my ears were graced with. I want her to release it as a studio recording so I can play it over and over again.
Some of my others favorites are “First Love/Late Spring,” “Your Best American Girl,” “Happy,” “Dan the Dancer,” “Thursday Girl,” and “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars.” She seems completely stripped of anything but her music on stage and completely has the power to draw you into her gloomy psychedelic sounds. During her encore, she just played solo on her electric guitar, and that’s exactly the best way to describe her live, ELECTRIC.