Review: Mitski "Geyser"

Today, New York musician Mitski announced a North American tour behind her forthcoming album Be the Cowboy. The 42-date tour includes a stop in Seattle on Wednesday, October 31 at Showbox SoDo. Be the Cowboy is out August 17 via Dead Oceans and features the previously-released single “Geyser.” Writer Sophia Stephens delves deep into the haunting lead single.

In this video, red means go. After the inaugural bold color fades from the screen, the music video for “Geyser,” the first single release from Mitski Miyawaki/Mitski’s upcoming fifth studio album Be The Cowboy through Dead Oceans, begins with Mitski standing alone on a desolate beach. Although the setting is cloudy, Mitski’s song is anything but grey — and this lone figure sings of a love that is equal in its desperation and devotion.

Two years after Mitski’s Puberty 2, the voice we hear in this brief, yet hard-to-forget video at first stands apart from the throbbing, gloomy synth soundscape, which transforms and eventually soars alongside Mitski’s lyrics to create not only a love song, but a testament to the survival of affection.

If you are with someone who you know is the one, this song is for you. If you’re not sure, this song will point you in the right direction.