Mitski: “Retired from Sad, New Career in Business”
For her sophomore LP, New York musician Mitski has revisited her lush orchestral sensibility with a more self-assured and direct focus. The nine songs that make up Retired from Sad, New Career in Business are dynamic, ecstatic and anxious. Mixing out-of-the-norm orchestral sounds with electronics and ‘found’ sounds, the songs are never what you expect but always feel exactly how they need to be. Each harmonic twist and turn, each unexpected structural shift is perfectly calculated and just right. Lyrically, the album, in similarly vague and poetic ways to her first release, explores the anxieties and fears modern youth feel in regards to sex, growing up, and moving on.
To go along with the album, Mitski has also directed a music video for each song. She has been releasing them one at a time each week this summer, and she has four more to go. The videos are part of an overarching story line and you can check them out on her YouTube page.