On her fifth studio album, Be the Cowboy, Mitski Miyawaki alternates between intimate, confessional pop passages like “Geyser” and harder-rocking art-rock/new-wave opuses such as “Why Didn’t You Stop Me?” On the mournful, acoustic guitar–driven “Lonesome Love,” the Japanese-American vocalist belies the song’s folk-pop setting when she pointedly reveals, “’Cause nobody butters me up like you, and nobody fucks me like me.” Mitski’s observations imbue the upbeat piano pop of “Me and My Husband” a hint of poetry: “I steal a few breaths from the world for a minute, and then I’ll be nothing forever.” Julianna Barwick, whose haunting elegy “Star Luz Black” was a moving highlight at L.A. Phil’s recent Noon to Midnight fest, wraps her vocals in loops and layers of dreamily engaging atmospherics and sublimely hypnotic echo chambers.
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