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Mitski – “Two Slow Dancers”

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As any fan of hers might tell you, Mitski really knows how to close out an album.

Today she’s shared “Two Slow Dancers”, the last song from her newest album Be The Cowboy, and it’s just the devastatingly bittersweet denouement that you might have expected. Unlike her other more abstract singles “Geyser” and “Nobody,” Mitski sings about a moment of reconnection between two old lovers in a school gymnasium–reliving the past even though the two of them have since grown apart. Although “Two Slow Dancers” sets the stage for a happy Hollywood ending in its first verse, there’s an underlying sadness despite appearances–in classic Mitski fashion.

“It would be a hundred times easier / If we were young again / To think that we could stay the same,” Mitski laments. “But we’re two slow dancers, last ones out.”

Be the Cowboy is out August 17.

 

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Li-Wei Chu

Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think. He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.

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