As Mitski pondered the risks and lessons learned, her surroundings were fine-tuned. A disco mix with solid piano chords and a blippy synthesizer brings her to the song “Stay Soft” when she advises, “Open Your Heart / Like Hell’s Gate,” then declares, “You stay soft, defeated / Only natural to stiffen upward.” In “The Only Heartbreaker” – a song co-written by Mitski and Dan Wilson (who also collaborated with Adele, Taylor Swift and Chicks) – the upbeat, rhythmic neo-80s production enjoyed her favor with Weeknd. She promises to accept any blame for a failed relationship. “I’m sorry, you forgive me,” she sings as the chord progressions rise; Is it lifting her up or bringing her down?
During “Laurel Hell,” Mitski, now 31, both remembers and rejects her innocent childhood love. In “Working for Dao,” she struggles to pull herself out of the creative block, overcome with sustained synthesizers, stilted rhythms, and spaghetti-Western guitars: “I always thought the choice was mine,” she sings, “And I was right, but I chose Wrong.”
In the clear “Everybody,” her voice soars over the pounding, ticking mechanical drums and resolutely repetitive synthesizer notes, while Mitski admits she defied herself. everyone’s advice. Instead, “I opened my arms to the dark / I said take it all, whatever you want”, only to then be unable to escape. With the same despair “Heat Lightning” with guitar and drums muffled in favor of a desperate confession: “There’s nothing I can do, I can’t change much / I give it up to you, I surrender.” And in his short but saying “I guess,” Mitski mourns the loss of a lifelong companion to vague, noisy keyboard chords; Her vocal tone wandered and didn’t get along, as if the outside world was forgetting her sadness.
Mitski deploys full pop arsenal in “Love me more.” Its title is concise and readily available; the song has a fast beat and solid major chords, and when it comes to the chorus, the drums kick harder while cascading piano chords and glittering synthesizers surround her like the pounding of paper fireworks. . But the confidence of the music lies entirely in the raw longing of the lyrics. She’s trying to discover the will to keep going, fighting anxiety, wondering how everyone else gets through “another day will come, another day will come,” and begging for someone who can. “sink it, drown me”. All her musical imperatives can’t stop the darkness.
(Ocean of Dead)
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/arts/music/mitski-laurel-hell-review.html Mitski step by step back to the dark