“Your Best American Girl” appears on Mitski’s forthcoming album, Puberty 2. On April 13, the New Yorker shared the video for the track, a taster of what to expect from the record. Puberty 2 follows Mitski’s 2014 effort, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, and comes out on June 17 via Dead Oceans.
The song itself is quite a simple, guitar-driven track. It’s also pretty quiet, but far from a fiddly acoustic piece. It builds up slightly when the drums and bass kick in, and the keyboards add to the soundscape before louder guitars come to the fore. A middle section then lets the vocals breathe before a glorious distorted solo rips in.
“Your Best American Girl” (directed by Zia Anger) taps into what Mitski calls “those white-American-guy stereotypes as a Japanese girl who can’t fit in, who can never be an ‘American girl’”. The visuals which best convey this aspect is the heterosexual, white couple making out whilst draped in the American flag.
Check the video out below: