Mitski - Laurel Hell (Vinyl)

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Laurel Hell is the sixth studio album by Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski, released on February 4, 2022, through Dead Oceans. Patrick Hyland produced the album, which has been characterized as a record blending synth-pop, indie pop and electronic rock styles. According to Mitski, the album title is a folk term for being trapped in thickets of laurel that grow in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Laurel Hell is a synth-pop, indie pop, and electro-rock album influenced by the sounds of the 1980s. It incorporates elements of new wave, pop, disco, and dance music as well. The album was previously conceived as a punk album, then a country album, before settling on its current electronic form. Album opener "Valentine, Texas" "builds into a swelling, glam rock instrumental break, with glimmering synths and driving piano lines" as "the narrator wonders who she'll be tonight; opening the door to a new self, she hopes the mountains in the distance will help lighten the mental weight she carries." "Working for the Knife" puts a "dream pop spin on the avant-garde industrial music of the late eighties". On "Stay Soft", Mitski sings about "providing love to someone who isn't willing to give it back, retreating into a shell caused by past wounds". On "Everyone", Mitski sings of "leaving, running and abandonment" over techno beats. "The Only Heartbreaker" is an '80s new wave and Scandipop song "where Mitski grapples with feeling like she can't pull her weight in a relationship." - "Heat Lightning" is a song about insomnia that resembles an R&B slow jam. "Should've Been Me" is a baroque pop song "that finds Mitski witnessing a lost love attempt to find solace in a copy of herself."

 

Hype sticker on front reads, "limited edition opaque red vinyl - Includes digital download" - digital download card included inside.
Also available as a limited edition that came with a lenticular postcard.

 



This album really had like half it's tracklist in singles, kinda reminds me of ADHD except it would not be fair to compare this album to ADHD quality wise. All the singles ranged from really good to amazing in my opinion, especially tracks like Working For The Knife, which took a while to grow on me but it's probably my favorite Mitski song now. But that track fits under a general area of sound that I think Mitski has already mastered, shown by the similarities it has to the sound of Puberty 2 and what I've heard of Be The Cowboy; what I really want to focus on, which is why I like this album so much, is that Mitski went out and tried to grasp at a different sound alongside the one she's already done so well. And honestly, with tracks like Love Me More, she does that masterfully.

She did great, consistent quality throughout the album, I appreciate this.

By: Kyogo8.


A1 Valentine, Texas
A2 Working For The Knife
A3 Stay Soft
A4 Everyone
A5 Heat Lightning
B1 The Only Heartbreaker
B2 Love Me More
B3 There's Nothing Left For You
B4 Should've Been Me
B5 I Guess
B6 That's Our Lamp



Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Dead Oceans
Copyright © – Dead Oceans
Lacquer Cut At – Sterling Sound
Pressed By – GZ Media – 231258E
Bass Guitar – Evan Marien (tracks: B4, B6)
Drums – Elizabeth Chan (tracks: A3, B3, B4, B6)
Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizer – Patrick Hyland
Keyboards – K. Marie Kim (tracks: B4, B6)
Lacquer Cut By – RKS*
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Piano – Brooke Waggoner (tracks: A1, A3)
Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Patrick Hyland
Vocals, Keyboards – Mitski
Written-By – Dan Wilson (tracks: B1), Mitski


Hype sticker on front reads, "limited edition opaque red vinyl - Includes digital download" - digital download card included inside.
Also available as a limited edition that came with a lenticular postcard.