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Mitski Unveils “Heat Lightning”- New Album “Laurel Hell” Out 4th February on Dead Oceans

December 9, 2021
photo credit – Ebru Yildiz

Mitski Unveils “Heat Lightning”

New Album Laurel Hell Out 4th February on Dead Oceans

UK Tour Sold Out Inc. London’s The Roundhouse & O2 Brixton Academy

 Mitski announced Laurel Hell, one of 2022’s most anticipated releases, out 4th February via Dead Oceans. Today, she unveils an arresting new single, “Heat Lightning,” with an animated lyric video created by Alex Moy. For Laurel Hell, Mitski “needed songs that could help me forgive both others and myself…I needed to create this space mostly for myself where I sat in that gray area.” As with all the songs on Laurel Hell, “Heat Lightning” embodies that space. Initially written on piano before blossoming into a sensual R&B direction halfway through, it’s a hypnotic, melancholy ode to insomnia and the “sleeping eyelid of the sky.” Throughout, Mitski admits, “And there’s nothing I can do // Not much I can change // Can I give it up to you // Would that be okay? // There’s nothing I can do // Not much I can change // I give it up to you // I surrender.”  

Heat Lightning is a truly intense journey, innovative and immensely captivating. Amongst this rhythmic and melodic world filled with big tones and sweeping sounds, Mitski offsets the magnitude of those attributes by bringing this emotional texture into focus with the intimate lyrics and softer harmonies. A personal exploration, raw and expressive.

Mitski wrote many of the songs comprising Laurel Hell during or before 2018, and the album was finished being mixed in May 2021. It is the longest span of time Mitski has ever spent on a record, and a process that concluded amid a radically changed world. Once again produced by longtime collaborator Patrick Hyland, the album as a whole evolved “to be more uptempo and dance-y. I needed to create something that was also a pep talk.” As championed in the album’s first two singles “The Only Heartbreaker” and “Working for the Knife,” the tension that emerges between her refined but plaintive lyrics and the effervescent 1980s sound delivers nuanced profundity on a current of contagious dance beats. 

Laurel Hell is a soundtrack for transformation, a map to the place where vulnerability and resilience, sorrow and delight, error and transcendence can all sit within our humanity, can all be seen as worthy of acknowledgment, and ultimately, love. It cements Mitski’s reputation as an artist who possesses the power of turning our most savage and alienated experiences into the very elixir that cures them. “I wrote what I needed to hear. As I’ve always done.

Mitski will be visiting the UK in April for a run of dates that sold out in mere minutes, full list below.


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Mitski Tour Dates

17 Feb. 2022 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel – SOLD OUT

18 Feb. 2022 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz – SOLD OUT

19 Feb. 2022 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern – SOLD OUT

21 Feb. 2022 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City – SOLD OUT

22 Feb. 2022 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre – SOLD OUT

24 Feb. 2022 – Houston, TX @ The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall – SOLD OUT

25 Feb. 2022 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum – SOLD OUT

26 Feb. 2022 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater – SOLD OUT

28 Feb. 2022 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren – SOLD OUT

2 March 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall – SOLD OUT

3 March 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall – SOLD OUT

4 March 2022 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater – SOLD OUT

5 March 2022 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater – SOLD OUT

7 March 2022 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – SOLD OUT

9 March 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – SOLD OUT

10 March 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – SOLD OUT

12 March 2022 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom – SOLD OUT

14 March 2022 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre – SOLD OUT

15 March 2022 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre – SOLD OUT

17 March 2022 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre – SOLD OUT

18 March 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall – SOLD OUT

19 March 2022 – Montreal, QC @ St-Jean-Baptiste Church – SOLD OUT

21 March 2022 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner – SOLD OUT

22 March 2022 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner – SOLD OUT

24 March 2022 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall – SOLD OUT

25 March 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall – SOLD OUT

26 March 2022 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem – SOLD OUT

27 March 2022 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem – SOLD OUT

29 March 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – SOLD OUT

30 March 2022 – Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall – SOLD OUT

31 March 2022 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium – SOLD OUT

21 April 2022 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory – SOLD OUT

22 April 2022 – Leeds, UK @ University Union Refectory – SOLD OUT

23 April 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom – SOLD OUT

25 April 2022 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street – SOLD OUT

26 April 2022 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT

28 April 2022 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse – SOLD OUT

29 April 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton – SOLD OUT

30 April 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits Botanique Festival – SOLD OUT

2 May 2022 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix – SOLD OUT

3 May 2022 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia 

4 May 2022 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – SOLD OUT

6 May 2022 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten 

7 May 2022 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks – SOLD OUT

9 May 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Metropol – SOLD OUT

10 May 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega – SOLD OUT

11 May 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Fållan  – SOLD OUT

12 May 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene – SOLD OUT

14 May 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik – SOLD OUT

15 May 2022 – Cologne, DE @ Carlswerk Victoria – SOLD OUT

17 May 2022 – Vienna, AU @ WUK – SOLD OUT

18 May 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Archa Theatre – SOLD OUT

19 May 2022 – Munich, DE @ Strom – SOLD OUT

Sat. July 2, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Lollapalooza Stockholm

Fri. Sep 16 – 18, 2022:  Los Angeles, CA @ Primavera Sound LA

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