I've seen a lot of people talking about Puberty 2, the new album from Mitski, over the past couple of weeks. Apparently it's very good - I'd love to throw my hot take into the mix, but sadly I haven't got around to picking up my copy of Puberty 2 from Spillers yet.
Instead, I'd like to talk about Mitski's previous album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek.
This was one of the albums on that long list of recommendations I received from my survey respondents last month, and I really love it - it's dramatic, emotive, and it rocks. Here's my favourite track, First Love / Late Spring:
One of the many things I like about Bury Me at Makeout Creek is the fact that its name is a Simpsons quotation. More specifically, it's a Milhouse Van Houten quotation: Bart Simpson's blue-haired, bespectacled best friend delivers the line after being hit by a bus in the episode Faith Off.
Now, I considered writing a big, albumwally analysis of Bury Me at Makeout Creek and how Mitski Miyawaki is secretly singing from the point of view of Milhouse himself. Or possibly Milhouse's future girlfriend. Or maybe a twentysomething Milhouse who is now in a romantic relationship with Bart. As you can see, though, I couldn't quite make up my mind on what angle I wanted to approach this from.
Still, I remain convinced that Milhouse is in this album somewhere. so what I've decided to do is select a key lyric from each of Makeout Creek's ten tracks and accompany each one with a fitting picture of Milhouse from the awesome frinkiac.com. Please enjoy, and hopefully I'll have some proper thoughts to share with you once I've listened to Puberty 2 a few times.
Track 1: Texas Reznikoff
"But I've been anywhere, and it's not what I want, I wanna be still with you"
Track 2: Townie
"I'm holding my breath with a baseball bat, though I don't know what I'm waiting for"
Track 3: First Love / Late Spring
"One word from you and I would jump off of this ledge I'm on, baby - tell me "don't" so I can crawl back in"
Track 4: Francis Forever
"I look up at the gaps of sunlight, I miss you more than anything"
Track 5: I Don't Smoke
"If you need to be mean, be mean to me, I can take it and put it inside of me"
Track 6: Jobless Monday
"He only loves me when there's a means he means to end"
Track 7: Drunk Walk Home
"Fuck you and your money, I'm tired of your money"
Track 8: I Will
"I will take good care of you, I will take good care of you"
Track 9: Carry Me Out
"I drive when it rains, at night when it rains I drive, and the headlight spirits, they lead me down the Styx, so black it shines"
"I am relieved that the turbulence wasn't forecasted, I couldn't have changed anyway"