Puberty 2 set indie hearts ablaze in 2016. With its raw soundscapes and effusive ruminations, the album captures the pains of being young and passionate in a brutally quotidian world. Each song showcases Mitski's vocal strength, even when those songs grapple with failure. In "I Bet on Losing Dogs," for example, Mitski's notes are even and steely as she bemoans her pattern of unsatisfying romances. But the quality of Mitski's musicianship should not go without mention; she's a master of distortion pedals, a fearless purveyor of fuzzy, crunchy guitar. Fans of Neutral Milk Hotel will love songs like "My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars," a chunky number that grumbles under the oppressive demands of the rent. Mitski's unique blend of gentleness and grit make her a great fit for Walter's Downtown, a beloved venue that's equal parts intimate and dirty. If there was ever a time and a place to see the voice of a young generation play, it's here and now.
Mitski's confessional, cryptic, and stripped-down album