Mitski Is Back!

Mitski Is Back!

In an age where so many pop stars are embracing their "joy and happiness" eras while the rest of us depressed folks pick up the shattered pieces of our post-pandemic lives, it's nice to know that our patron saint of being-in-our-feelings, Mitski, has at long last returned to guide us through these trying times.

Three years since the release of her landmark album, Be the Cowboy, Mitski is back with a brand new single "Working for the Knife," pretty much picking right back up where she left off mulling over an all-to-familiar mix of existential dread and ennui.

"It's about going from being a kid with a dream, to a grown up with a job, and feeling that somewhere along the way you got left behind," Mitski says of the track. "It's being confronted with a world that doesn't seem to recognize your humanity, and seeing no way out of it."

The track arrives alongside a Zia Anger-directed music video shot at The Egg in Albany, New York that sees Mitski — donning her old cowboy hat — roaming around and doing classic Mitski things in an empty theater in a bitingly self-aware nod to the past year's reality.

Luckily that won't be the case for much longer, with the announcement of massive 50-date North American and Europe tour starting 2022. Tickets for the tour go on sale October 8.

Photography: Ben Hassett for PAPER