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Mitski - Laurel Hell (February 4th, 2022)

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by jonasjaevel, Nov 9, 2021.

  1. jonasjaevel

    Regular




    We don't typically look to pop albums to answer our cultural moment, let alone to meet the soul hunger left in the wake of global catastrophe. But occasionally, an artist proves the form more malleable and capacious than we knew. With Laurel Hell, Mitski cements her reputation as an artist in possession of such power - capable of using her talent to perform the alchemy that turns our most savage and alienated experiences into the very elixir that cures them. Her critically beloved last album, Be the Cowboy, built on the breakout acclaim of 2016's Puberty 2 and launched her from cult favorite to indie star. She ascended amid a fever of national division, and the grind of touring and pitfalls of increased visibility influenced her music as much as her spirit. Like the mountain laurels for this new album is named, public perception, like the intoxicating prism of the internet, can offer an alluring façade that obscures a deadly trap _ one that tightens the more you struggle. Exhausted by this warped mirror, and our addiction to false binaries, she began writing songs that stripped away the masks and revealed the complex and often contradictory realities behind them. She wrote many of these songs during or before 2018, while the album finished mixing in May 2021. It is the longest span of time Mitski has ever spent on a record, and a process that concluded amid a radically changed world. She recorded Laurel Hell with her longtime producer Patrick Hyland throughout the isolation of a global pandemic, during which some of the songs "slowly took on new forms and meanings, like seed to flower." Sometimes it's hard to see the change when you're the agent of it, but for the lucky rest of us, Mitski has written a soundtrack for transformation, a map to the place where vulnerability and resilience, sorrow and delight, error and transcendence can all sit within our humanity, can all be seen as worthy of acknowledgment, and ultimately, love.

    1. Valentine, Texas
    2. Working For The Knife
    3. Stay Soft
    4. Everyone
    5. Heat Lightning
    6. The Only Heartbreaker
    7. Love Me More
    8. There's Nothing Left For You
    9. Should've Been Me
    10. I Guess
    11. That's Our Lamp
     
  2. ImAMetaphor

    absence 8/20/21 Prestigious

    Let's get this party started
     
  3. Meghin

    Uhhhhhhhhhh...

    I don't think my fragile feelings are prepared for this one.
     
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  4. jonasjaevel

    Regular

    Pre-ordered the deluxe version from HHV!
     
  5. radiodead

    Trusted

    FEBRUARY 2022 IS NUTS
     
  6. cherrywaves

    Trusted

    Write up is kinda silly lol excited for the record though
     
  7. Jim

    Trusted Supporter

    there is sooooooo much coming in feb my god
     
  8. Feb 4th*
     
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  9. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Holy fuck
     
  10. It's all happening today
     
  11. Cameron

    FKA nowFace Prestigious

    Yess
     
  12. Matt

    the bones are their money, so are the worms Prestigious

    mistki thank you
     
  13. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    hope i like this one more than the last
     
  14. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    so excited!
     
  15. Jim

    Trusted Supporter

  16. ImAMetaphor

    absence 8/20/21 Prestigious

    Not really into vinyl anymore, but I copped that shirt
     
  17. Jim

    Trusted Supporter

    snagged that red/black vinyl
     
  18. radiodead

    Trusted

    I don’t love either new song enough to pull the trigger yet. But I think both are solid.
     
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  19. Meghin

    Uhhhhhhhhhh...

    A big ol HELL YEAH to the new album and the new song and UGH IS IT FEBRUARY YET
     
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  20. Matt

    the bones are their money, so are the worms Prestigious

    Great song, will wait to grab a vinyl at a live show though
     
  21. Michael Belt

    Regular

    Laurel Hell Yeah
     
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  22. SteveLikesMusic

    approx. 3rd coolest Steve on here Supporter

    That’s more like it.
     
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  23. Jim

    Trusted Supporter

    this song rules. February is so stacked.
     
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  24. Where's that blurb from?

    The alt CD covers are pretty cool.