Mistki: “First Love/Late Spring”

On her last album, Retired From Sad, New Career In BusinessNew York-based singer/songwriter Mitski created some of the most unique and fascinating songs I’ve ever heard. And now she’s back with a brand new single. After self-releasing her first two albums, Mitski has signed to Double Double Whammy and streamlined her sound.  At first, “First Love/Late Spring” seems like a taming of the singer’s idiosyncratic style, but all the depth and sophistication of her songwriting remain below the surface.

Opening with a simple picked bass line and Mitski’s solemn vocals, the track breaks out into full rock band instrumentation for the chorus and contains an irresistible hook about the anxious, panicky feelings of new love–half in Japanese. The whole track is tinged with a retro vibe without sounding like everyone else aping a ’60s aesthetic–just touches of celeste and organ and familiar rhythms to hint at the style. With the track fading out in a wash of swirling synths, Mitski perfectly captures the conflicting, over-whelming emotions of love.

Her third album is slated to come out this fall, but until then, we’ll keep this on repeat.

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