Mitski is back with a new release titled “Working for the Knife,” along with an accompanying music video and a 2022 tour announcement. “Working for the Knife” marks the emotive singer’s re-entry to her personal and poetic landscape after a three-year hiatus after the 2018 release of Be the Cowboy.
Produced by Mitski’s longtime collaborator Patrick Hyland, “Working for the Knife” starts off as a powerful drone-heavy track, softened by Mitski’s lingering vocals and bell-like keys. Carefully woven, “Working for the Knife” is a surreal recounting of the singer’s relationship with the symbolic “knife” that cuts deep and exposes what’s inside.
“It’s about going from being a kid with a dream, to a grown up with a job, and feeling that somewhere along the way you got left behind,” Mitski said of the new song in a statement. “It’s being confronted with a world that doesn’t seem to recognize your humanity and seeing no way out of it.”
The music video features the indie-rock singer at the Egg in Albany, New York, in a cowboy hat that she quickly tosses aside before making her way to the stage where she closes with a wordless, exorcising dance in front of an empty audience.
Mitski’s return to touring kicks off in North America with a Feb. 17 show in Asheville, North Carolina, and continues in the U.K. and EU with dates in April and May.
Watch the “Working for the Knife “video and find her tour dates here.