Mitski – Your Best American Girl (video)

Mitski finally released a video for “Your Best American Girl“, the massive lead single of “Puberty 2“, her upcoming album due to be released via Dead Oceans on June 17. It was directed by the famous filmmaker Zia Anger, who already worked with alternative artists such as Angel Olsen, Julianna Barwick, and Jenny Hval. The video relates a love triangle which unfortunately turns not to be in favour of the artist.

In the video, the character played by the singer is a model wearing a sexy pink suit and who looks perfect thanks to her make-up and hairdresser assistants. She tries to seduce a very cute guy but, despite her attractivity, he prefers to flirt and kiss with another girl who, by the way, looks like a slutty version of Lana Del Rey. Thus, Mitski is suffering while watching the scene and sitting on the sidelines.

The artist spoke about the track during an interview with NPR. She said:

I don’t think I have the kind of creativity to write fiction. [This is] the first album where I kind of stretched outside of my own experience and used more metaphors. I don’t know if I would go as far as to say I tell other people’s stories. They’re still my stories, but I just use characters or use metaphors to describe better what I’m feeling at the moment. But this song is quite autobiographical because I didn’t grow up in the U.S. I am half Japanese, and it came from wanting to just fit into this very American person’s life and simply not being able to. Just fundamentally being from a different place and feeling like I would just get in the way of their progression if their life, because I could just never get to wherever they’re naturally going.

Anyway, don’t give this man too much attention. With your talent to communicate strong emotions, you deserve so much better!

Watch her live performance for the track during the SXSW 2016 via NPR: