Mitski warmly recalls a quote from sculptor El Anatsui, “Art grows out of each
particular situation, and I believe that artists are better off working
with whatever their environment throws up.”
With this nerve exposed lyrically, and having dived into her new
beginning, Mitski chooses her 2014 breakthrough album Bury Me at Makeout Creek to
explore uncharted sonic territory, trading in large string arrangements
for guitar and bass. While studying composition at SUNY Purchase’s
music conservatory, she previously recorded music with a full orchestra.
However as college graduation inched closer, Mitski moved away from the
concert hall and into the campus’ active DIY scene. Upon relocating to
New York following graduation, she entered stages at Death By Audio,
Silent Barn, and Bed Stuy basements, entrenching her songs of love,
fear, lust, and brilliant clarity into entirely sympathetic ears.