Mitski: Bury Me at Makeout Creek

A folk singer with a taste for sharp wit and noisy distortion

Credit: Rafia Santana

Singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki's breakthrough LP bubbles with poignant black humor. "I will retire to the Salton Sea/At the age of 23/For I'm starting to learn I may never be free," she confesses in "Drunk Walk Home," before screaming into a void of distorted guitars. A folk record at its core, Bury Me is edged with heavy riffs that at various times recall Black Sabbath and even Liz Phair. But it's Mitski's talent for penning deep-cutting lyrics that makes this album soar: "If your hands need to break more than trinkets in your room/You can lean on my arm as you break my heart."