Photo: Aidan Scott
The Dome, London
October 6 2016
Words: Izzy B
A sold out London show greets the return of New York indie-rocker, Mitski Miyawaki and her full band for this night following the release of her fourth summer album, 'Puberty 2'. Having first heard the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter two years ago with her then third full-length, 'Bury Me At Makeout Creek' (following 2012's 'Lush' and 'Retired from Sad, New Career in Business' of 2014), there was no doubt that this feisty, emotional and delicate songstress with her guitar, theremin, tambourine and quirky vocals was someone we would be hearing more of across the other side of the ocean here in the UK.
Her soaring vocals open tonight on 'Townie' the first track from her 'Makeout Creek' record that really set tongues talking. Bass and vocals work in partnership to offer the night's first glimpse of her effect on a crowd, perhaps made up of half long time fans, and half those who are curious newbies. 'Your Best American Girl' shows how on this second visit to our shores now, the 25-year-old has indeed become one of our favourite young ladies, as she delivers an emotive voice over strident guitars.
There's energy and crowd sing-alongs as she glides effortlessly through a 45-minute set of her back catalogue - which even allows time for a surprise, but worthy, cover of Calvin Harris’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. Equally enjoyable was her solo rendition of 'Last Words Of A Shooting Star', adding an emotively rich break, before the powerful and trenchant ‘My Body’s Made Of Crushed Little Scars’ ballad about insecurities, closes a set that has seen her give heart, body and soul.