If it was unclear whether the previous release ‘Laurel Hell’ was a swansong or a revitalisation, the release of Mitski’s seventh LP shows clearly that it was the latter. This latest release leans into sweeping, grand Country backed with choir and orchestra as Mitski addresses the light and dark of love and loneliness with wit, depth and enticing melodies. Recorded in LA and Nashville, the cinematic pedal steel vibes hark back to an earlier era of singer-songwriter. Drawing so strongly on Americana, a style that celebrates an America that doesn’t really exist, Mitski’s lyrics make use of the uncanny and the sense of liminal space as they dive deep into the disembodiment of loneliness and longing. Mitski continues to be one of the most singular and impactful singer-songwriters around and has produced another album not to be missed.