mp3: "Your Best American Girl" - Mitski

"Your Best American Girl" marks the return of Mitski - a wondrous talent that deserves your ears and attention. Puberty 2, out 6/17 through Dead Oceans, is the follow-up to 2014's acclaimed and much beloved around here Bury Me At Makeout Creek. "Your Best American Girl" feels significant and cathartic. There are moments when Mitski's vocals barely rise above the tumultuous three and half minutes of noise, but then the faint becomes powerful, as anguished screams of relief surge above it all. As explained on her Bandcamp the single is meant to

"deconstruct and poke fun at that genre's surplus of white males. “I wanted to use those white-American-guy stereotypes as a Japanese girl who can't fit in, who can never be an American girl."