Mitski is wrapping up her best year to date as an artist with a late-night performance on Jimmy Kimmel.
Thursday night, Mitski made her Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut as musical guest in support of her latest album, Be The Cowboy. For the first time on television with her full band, Mitski delivered a stunning performance of album standout “Nobody,” while additionally performing the quieter “Two Slow Dancers” as a web exclusive. The song choices speak to all that Mitski is capable of as an artist, from disco to the more unplugged.
When Mitski was featured in our Daily Dose series in August, Ellen Johnson wrote, “On “Nobody,” [Mitski] explored loneliness through disco.” She later added of the single, “The indie-rock monarch employs tight bass lines and movie-score drums to make a thumping, sweaty dance track.”
Reviewing the third studio single off Be The Cowboy, “Two Slow Dancers,” Johnson wrote: “Lyrically, Mitski is a powerhouse … In “Two Slow Dancers,” she’s working at a slower tempo, but she packs just as much punch. She describes a dimming relationship, one in which the two parties know there’s nothing salvageable.”
Paste recently ranked Be The Cowboy the sixth-best album of the year. Mitski’s “Nobody” came in seventh on our list of the best songs of the year.
For Be The Cowboy’s Best Album entry, Paste contributor Eric R. Danton writes:
There are a lot of unhappy people in the songs on Mitski’s new album. Some of them are Mitski herself, but not all. Belying the usual assumption that any woman who writes first-person lyrics is singing about herself, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter has said that many of the songs on Be The Cowboy are experiments in writing fiction. Let’s call it a successful experiment. Whether she’s singing about herself or creating stand-ins that feel just like real people, Be The Cowboy shows why she is fast making herself into one of the most interesting songwriters of her generation.
Following a completely sold-out fall North American tour, Mitski will continue on the road with a just-announced spring 2019 tour. The tour will consist of cities not yet visited in support of Be The Cowboy.
See both of Mitski Kimmel performances and revisit her 2015 Daytrotter Session below.