apanese-American singer-songwriter, Mitski Miyawaki unreleased sixth album record, titled “Laurel Hell,” reportedly leaked online. Though it’s set to be release on Feb. 4 via Dead Oceans. The album will be Mitski’s first full-length release since 2018’s “Be the Cowboy,” which found itself at the top of many end-of-year best album lists.
Laurel Hell is Mitski’s 6th studio album. The album’s lead single, “Working for the Knife”, was released October 5th, 2021, and marked the end of Mitski’s two-year hiatus. The second single, “The Only Heartbreaker”, was released November 9th, 2021. Both singles were released alongside music videos. She also released “Heat Lightning”, another promotional single, on December 7th, 2021. The fourth single, “Love Me More” was released January 12th, 2022.
Mitski sees the world with the ruthless, knowing gaze of someone who grew up too fast. Her cutting acuity is part of what inspires rapture from her fans, who speak about her as if she’s the only person who has ever understood them. It is also what makes her wary of even the most sincere adoration, insisting on distance between herself and her audience. When a fan at a concert screams “I love you,” Mitski, straining to say the truth kindly, replies with pity: “You don’t know me.”
Laurel Hell is the expected album by Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski. The album marks her sixth studio album, released three years after Be the Cowboy. The lead single is presumed to be Working for the Knife, which was released October 5th, 2021. This song also marked Mitski’s official return to music, after a two-year hiatus.
On why she named the album “Laurel Hell”, Mitski explained: ‘Laurel Hell’ is a term from the Southern Appalachians in the U.S., where laurel bushes basically grow in these dense thickets, and they grow really wide… And, I mean, I’ve never experienced it myself, but when you get stuck in these thickets, you can’t get out. Or so the story goes.
And so there are a lot of Laurel Hells in America, in the South, where they’re named after the people who died within them because they were stuck. And, so the thing is, laurel flowers are so pretty. They just burst into these explosions of just beauty. And, I just, I liked the notion of being stuck inside this explosion of flowers and perhaps even dying within one of them.
Mitski self-released her first two albums, Lush and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business, while studying at Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music. Her sound ranges from indie-rock, indie-pop, art pop, pop, and alternative.
- Valentine, Texas
- Working for the Knife
- Stay So
- Heat Lightning
- The Only Heartbreaker
- Love Me More
- There’s Nothing Left for You
- Should’ve Been Me
- I Guess
- That’s Our Lamp