Mitski Be The CowboyNow five albums in, Mitski has cemented her reputation as one of the most cherished melancholic souls in music.

The title of the album is beguiling, but each song possesses a remarkable sincerity. The romantic sentiment is strong on opener Geyser, but later flips on A Pearl, a bittersweet tale of letting someone down gently. While the piano ballad A Horse Named Cold Air shows off the nuances of Mitski’s voice, it’s Lonesome Love that hits the hardest.

Mitski writes with a candour you’d come to expect from a friend, and it’s this quality that makes her music so easy to embrace.

Be The Cowboy is out August 17 via Dead Oceans/Inertia.

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