Japanese-American superstar Mitski has announced her fifth studio album -- her first since 2016's Puberty 2. The title of the new album is Be the Cowboy and the new work goes on sale on Aug. 17. To go along with the announcement, Mitski has also released the first single from the new album, titled "Geyser."
Mitski released her first two albums while studying music at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in 2012 and 2013 before releasing her breakthrough album after moving to New York City. That album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, reminded a lot of indie rock fans of Liz Phair and it launched Mitski to success.
With Puberty 2 in 2016, Mitski received critical acclaim for the work in which she said took her back to her roots. Publications like Pitchfork, The A.V. Club and Time all ranked that fourth album in their Top 10 of 2016.
For her new music, Mitski said that she experimented in "narrative and fiction" for the songs. She also said that her vision was seeing someone alone on a stage, with a spotlight shining on them as they sing their songs. That makes it sound like the tour that will surely follow the release of Be a Cowboy might be a very intimate affair.