Under The Influence: Mitski talks poetry and the competitive nature that inspires her music

In Under The Influence, The A.V. Club asks a musician to pair three of their songs with a non-musical influence.

Mitski Miyawaki, who uses her first name professionally, has always nestled piano ballads alongside fuzzy, soul-bearing rock songs—and never needed to justify either pursuit. It was 2014’s Bury Me At Makeout Creek, her third release, that began to garner Mitski the attention she deserved. The record sees her wearing her heart on her sleeve, all in service of a sound that plays like St. Vincent for the DIY set. Ahead of Mitski’s new album, Puberty 2, out June 17 on Dead Oceans, The A.V. Club talked with her about three songs from Bury Me At Makeout Creek and their poetic inspirations.

Song: “Texas Reznikoff” (Bury Me At Makeout Creek, 2014)
Influence: The work of poet Charles Reznikoff

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