Mitski Shares New Song (and Album Closing Track) “Two Slow Dancers”

Be the Cowboy Due Out August 17 via Dead Oceans

Aug 09, 2018
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Mitski (full name Mitski Miyawaki) is releasing a new album, Be the Cowboy, on August 17 via Dead Oceans. Previously she shared a Zia Anger-directed video for its first single, "Geyser," which was our #2 Song of the Week, announced some tour dates, and shared a strange video for "Nobody." Now she has shared another new song from the album, Be the Cowboy's closing track "Two Slow Dancers." Listen below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

A press release says the song is about "two old lovers reunited and reflecting in the adolescent setting of a school gymnasium." Mitski further elaborates: "They used to have something together that is no longer there and they're trying to relive it in a dance, knowing that they'll have to go home and go back to their lives."

Be the Cowboy is the follow-up to 2016's acclaimed Puberty 2 and was produced with longtime collaborator Patrick Hyland. In a previous press release, Mitski said she and Hyland were drawn 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."

Mitski also said she "experimented in narrative and fiction" and 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."

"I had been on the road for a long time," she added, "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."

Read our review of Puberty 2

Mitski Tour Dates:

Sun. Aug. 12 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre % - SOLD OUT
Mon. Aug. 13 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace % -- SOLD OUT
Tue. Aug. 14 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery % - SOLD OUT
Wed. Aug. 15 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge %
Thu. Aug. 16 - Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts %
Sat. Aug. 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere - Record Release Show - SOLD OUT %
Wed. Sep. 19 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Gorilla *
Thu. Sep. 20 - Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke's *
Sat. Sep. 22 - Dublin, IE @ Tivoli Theatre *
Mon. Sep. 24 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club *
Thu. Sep. 25 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity Arts Centre *
Wed. Sep. 26 - London, UK @ O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire *
Fri. Sep. 28 - Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
Sat. Sep. 29 - Antwerp, BE @ TRIX *
Mon. Oct. 1 - Cologne, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
Tue. Oct. 2 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord (Tolhuistuin) *
Thu. Oct. 4 - Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden *
Fri. Oct. 5 - Vesterbro, DK @ Vega *
Sat. Oct. 6 - Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich *
Fri. Oct. 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer &
Sat. Oct. 20 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues &
Sun. Oct. 21 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral &
Mon. Oct. 22 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall &
Tue. Oct. 23 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick &
Thu. Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre &
Fri. Oct. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue &
Tue. Oct. 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial &
Wed. Oct. 31 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo &
Thu. Nov. 1 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom &
Sat. Nov. 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre &
Wed. Nov. 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern &
Thu. Nov. 8 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom &
Sat. Nov. 10 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Austin &
Sun. Nov. 11 - Dallas, TX @ Trees &
Tue. Nov. 13 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East &
Wed. Nov. 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Heaven Stage &
Fri. Nov. 16 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club &
Fri. Nov. 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^
Sat. Dec. 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^
 
% = w/ Sidney Gish
* = w/ EERA
& = w/ Overcoats
^ = w/ Downtown Boys and SASAMI

 

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