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Background information
Birth nameMitski Miyawaki
Born(1990-09-27) September 27, 1990 (age 26)
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
  • Indie rock
  • alternative
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • piano
Years active2012–present
  • Dead Oceans[1]
  • Don Giovanni Records
  • Double Double Whammy

Mitski Miyawaki, known mononymously as Mitski, is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter. She started her career while studying at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, during which she self-released her first two albums: Lush (2012), and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013). After graduating from SUNY Purchase and moving to New York City, Mitski released her critically acclaimed third studio album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek (2014), on label Double Double Whammy. In 2016, Mitski released Puberty 2, her fourth studio album, to further critical acclaim.


  • 1 Career
  • 2 In popular culture
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Studio albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
  • 5 Videography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


While studying at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Mitski self-released her first and second albums, Lush (2012) and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013).[2] She trained in studio composition at SUNY Purchase. After graduating from SUNY Purchase, Mitski moved to New York City where she wrote and recorded her third studio album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek.

Released November 11, 2014 by Double Double Whammy, Bury Me at Makeout Creek garnered critical acclaim from publications such as Pitchfork website,[3] NME,[4] Rolling Stone[5] and The New York Times.[6] In 2015, Mitski was named one of "10 Artists You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone.[7]

After releasing two singles from the album, "Your Best American Girl" in March[8] and "Happy" in May,[9] Mitski released her fourth album, Puberty 2, in June 2016. It was recorded over a two-week period at Acme Studios in Westchester (owned by Peter Denenberg), and produced by Patrick Hyland, Mitski’s only collaborator to date.[10] The album received an 8.5 and Best New Music on Pitchfork.[11] Puberty 2 also scored an aggregated score of 87 on Metacritic,[12] indicating near-universal acclaim.

In popular culture

On November 1, 2016 she was made an "honorary vixen" of The Harvard Lampoon, an undergraduate humor publication at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[13]

The song "Francis Forever" was covered by Marceline the Vampire Queen in the episode "The Music Hole" from Adventure Time.[14]

Personal life

Mitski is biracial,[15] and she was born in Japan and grew up surrounded by her mother's 1970s pop CDs. Her family moved frequently, from Japan to Malaysia, China, Turkey, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among other countries before finally settling in New York City.[16] Her music reflects her cross-cultural identity as "half Japanese, half American, but not fully either," and discusses issues of belonging.[17] Mitski has stated that she is uncomfortable with the attention that comes with being in the public eye and prefers keeping her personal life private.[18]

Studio albums

  • Lush[19] (2012)
  • Retired from Sad, New Career in Business[20] (2013)
  • Bury Me at Makeout Creek[21] (2014)
  • Puberty 2 (2016)

Extended plays

  • Mitski - Audiotree Live (2015)[22]


  • 2016: "Townie"[23]
  • 2016: "Your Best American Girl"[24]
  • 2016: "Happy"[25]
  • 2016: "A Burning Hill"[26]


  1. ^ "Mitski". Dead Oceans. 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Taking All Of Mitski | Features | Impose Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Mitski:Bury Me At Makeout Creek Album Review". Pitchfork. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Premiere - Brooklyn Newcomer Mitski's Spellbinding 'I Will'". NME. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Bury Me At Makeout Creek Album Review". Rolling Stone. 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Holding the Audience Hostage, With a Wail;Mitski Leaves Her Mark at the Knitting Factory". The New York Times. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  7. ^ "10 Artists You Need To Know: February 2015". Rolling Stone. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Mitski announces new album, Puberty 2, shares lead single "Your Best American Girl" — listen". Consequence of Sound. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Mitski was "Happy" once on new single — listen". Consequence of Sound. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Q&A: Mitski Goes Back To Her Roots On Puberty 2". 8 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Mapes, Jillian (2016-06-22). "Mitski: Puberty 2 Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  12. ^ "Reviews for Puberty 2 by Mitski - Metacritic". Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  13. ^ "Instagram post by Mitski • Nov 1, 2016 at 7:22pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  14. ^ "She Shreds Magazine - Marceline Covers Mitski on Adventure Time". She Shreds Magazine. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  15. ^ Min, Lilian (2016-06-16). "Mitski's New Album "Puberty 2" Hits All the Sad, Sweet Spots". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  16. ^ Moss, Emma-Lee (2016-06-20). "Mitski: 'Why is it so hard to understand that I'm in control?'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  17. ^ "Latest News : Puberty 2". Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  18. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2016-06-02). "Mitski's 'Puberty 2' Mines Her Scars for Raw Meaning". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  19. ^ "LUSH | Mitski". Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  20. ^ "Retired from Sad, New Career in Business | Mitski". Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  21. ^ "Mitski". Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  22. ^ "Mitski - Audiotree Live, by Mitski". Mitski. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  23. ^ MitskiVEVO (2016-01-26), Mitski - Townie (Official Video), retrieved 2017-03-11 
  24. ^ MitskiVEVO (2016-04-13), Mitski - Your Best American Girl (Official Video), retrieved 2017-03-11 
  25. ^ MitskiVEVO (2016-05-23), Mitski - Happy (Official Video), retrieved 2017-03-11 
  26. ^ MitskiVEVO (2016-10-11), Mitski - A Burning Hill (Official Video), retrieved 2017-03-11 


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