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Listen to Mitski’s Bug Like An Angel

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Mitski’s past few years have been an audio experiment—there’s been more dancing beats, more pulsating rhythms, and more synthesizers. After touring for most of 2022 (and asking her fans to put down their goddamn phones), Mitski disappeared. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for her collaboration with David Byrne and Ryan Lott in Everything Everywhere All At Once. But it was unknown if she would ever tour again, let alone release more original music under the mononym Mitski.

After a mysterious email to her fans and a short video from her Nashville studio last week, Mitski is BACK. (Her new album, The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We, comes out in September.) “Bug Like An Angel” is a return to Mistki’s first form. The guitar strums let Mitski’s voice shine for the first verse. But I gasped as the chorus brought in a beautiful choir. That’s what I love most about Mitski. Her art is a constant surprise. —Caitlin Cruz

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