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On 'Laurel Hell,' Mitski is working for the knife, one album at a time

(02/14/22 1:00pm)

Since her self-released debut album “Lush” — recorded while she was still a student at SUNY Purchase College's Conservatory of Music — Mitski has been grappling with the big questions. On the haunting track “Abbey,” she wonders what she is meant to be and describes the feeling of waiting for “that something / just to want something.” It’s chilling to listen to these lyrics now that Mitski has “made it,” having released critically acclaimed album after album and boasting nearly ten million monthly listeners on Spotify. On her latest album, “Laurel Hell,” Mitski may no longer be asking as many forward-looking questions, but she instead contemplates her past naïveté and reveals her enduring insecurities and yearnings in her signature visceral style. 

'Solar Power' is Lorde’s radiant, defiant reinvention

(08/30/21 4:00am)

In a live stream preceding the premiere of the second promotional single off her new album “Solar Power,” Lorde answered the question on everyone’s mind: “Why do you take such a long break from music [between albums]?” She said simply, “Because I have things to do,” before clarifying — “Because I need to really miss it when I come back.” 

Fiona Apple moves forward on "Fetch the Bolt Cutters"

(05/26/20 10:02pm)

In an interview on National Public Radio, Grammy Award-winning singer Fiona Apple reveals the inspiration behind the name of her latest album. She was watching an episode of “The Fall,” a British television show in which a police detective (played by Gillian Anderson) attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl. Upon encountering a padlock, Anderson mutters to “fetch the bolt cutters.” It is a small, throwaway line, but Apple says she shot up from her couch while watching and decided it would be the name of her album.