Clip from Mitski's "Your Best American Girl" video

New Music Sunday | Mitski – Your Best American Girl

Like many of the band’s coevals, Mitski”s “Your Best American Girl” revels in Homeric melancholy, the likes of which have become anthems for a generation of shoegazer-narcissists.  And, that ain’t a bad thing. Destined to end up on Delta’s inflight tunes, next to “Honeybear” (which makes me happy and sad) this might well be an audio-selfie or portrait of conversion disorder, but I like it. Give that girl a bear suit and sign me up for Bjork duex.

Senior Editor of Pitchfork, Jillian Mapes give an analysts breakdown of the psychosis, I mean review of the song.

“Like many real-life instances of self-empowerment, this is not the “go girl” triumph of pop anthems, but rather a fraught conclusion reached after weeks, months, years of reflection. She openly wonders if she’s making the right choice—by letting “the one” go, because they’re just too different—and that’s part of what makes “Your Best American Girl” so real and so great. It’s a universal feeling tucked in a narrative that seems highly specific to Mitski’s own upbringing (she was born in Japan and lived all around the world). She sings in the chorus, “Your mother wouldn’t approve/ Of how my mother raised me/ But I do, I think I do/ And you’re an all-American boy/ I guess I couldn’t help/ Try to be/ Your best American girl.”

Musically, the anxiety of reaching these conclusions is echoed as the song grows from an acoustic strum with some twinkling dream pop synths, to sharp bursts of feedback that would fit right in on Weezer’s Pinkerton. Even as the song swells towards severity, Mitski’s delicate voice stays intact at the front of the mix, like a shelter amid total chaos. Mitski may have dubbed her latestPuberty 2, but by the sounds of “Your Best American Girl,” she’s making mature choices, both musically and personally.” Read more

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