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Mitski Review, Glastonbury 2022: Some of the most interesting and sophisticated popular music out there

Given that her slot clashes with Paul McCartney, it’s fitting that Mitski opens her sunset set with the banger “Love Me More.”

“I need you to love me more,” she sings, arms outstretched and a neutral expression on her face. They suspect she could be just as happy playing in front of 10 people as in front of 10,000. But with a fiercely loyal fandom, she’s got enough people here on The Park stage to keep the spirits strong.

“Working For the Knife” follows, its huge guitar line cutting through the evening air. Here Mitski begins to break out some of the balanced – occasionally louche – dance moves that have become a hallmark of their live performances. She moves like a marionette, with choreography that’s somehow childlike and graceful at the same time – and utterly captivating. The “Washer Heart” that follows sends a surge of appreciation through the crowd, while “Nobody” — a song that has spawned a long line of Tik Tok memes — gets the crowd moving as night falls. “You are so pretty . And it’s not even raining! Are you ready to warm up?” says Mitski, launching into “Townie”. The grueling “The Only Heartbreaker,” with its driving drumbeat and devastating lyrics, hits as hard as a breakup text. The only omission in their set is “Heat Lightning,” another single from their latest album. laurel hell.

At the first Glastonbury, which hosted a 50/50 split of male and female artists, Mitski’s music stands out as one of the most compelling. What’s special is the way she constructs her sensitive pop songs with the erratic, shifting chord progressions that underpin so many of the 31-year-old Japanese singer’s biggest hits. This gives their music a capricious, restless quality and is the same as what one hears in Bowie’s most interesting work, for example.

Some might find her demeanor a little aloof, but Mitski makes some of the most interesting, slick pop music out there — and maintains a stage presence as enigmatic as her art.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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