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Samantha Ku, Writer/Volunteer • May 18, 2024

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Eagle Spirit dancer Migizii Kwe dances with the audience at this years East Lansing Art Festival. Photo credit: Samantha Ku/WDBM
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Gazing Upon A Bittersweet Past | “Star” by Mitski

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Some days are just built for looking back at the past. You pass by a thrift shop and see a stuffed animal that reminds you of someone you had a connection with. Maybe you hear an old friend’s favorite song and hesitate about whether you should text them. Not every connection breaks with anger and resentment: Often, it is just the opposite. Even so, positive memories of old relationships can still be shrouded in solemn contemplation, for which Mitski’s new release “Star” is the perfect companion to.

“Star” was released on Aug. 23 as one of two new singles from her upcoming album The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We. In contrast to some of her more upbeat work similar to the mega-popular “Washing Machine Heart,” “Star” begins with an ominous and slightly creaky introduction, hinting toward a more intense sound. However, the production is dreamlike, with string elements and twinkling present in the background. The drums don’t kick in until just over a minute in, contributing to the free-flowing nature of the beginning and helping to reinforce the build to the end. Mitski’s ability to deliver lyrics powerfully yet softly shines through on this track.

What is present in the song that is typical of Mitski’s work is the intimate lyricism. Mitski speaks of a love long gone, but not one associated with despair. The relationship may be over, but she describes its pervasive power through the lens of a shooting star.

As I first listened to “Star,” I began looking back on friendships of my past with a certain bittersweet nostalgia. By the final chorus, Mitski acknowledges the bitter aspect of bittersweetness, as she maintains a grasp on the relationship and hopes the other person does too. She attempts to reach out to this person, saying:

We’ve traveled very far, I’ll

Keep a leftover light

Burnin’ so you can keep lookin’ up

Isn’t that worth holdin’ on?

While “Star” may not be a song to jump up and down to, it is by no means a complete downer. If you’re looking for a more relaxed indie-pop tune to sit down and ponder life to, it may be your pick. Mitski’s new album The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We comes out Sept. 15.

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Ashley Morgan
Ashley Morgan, Writer
Ashley Morgan (she/her) is a freshman at Michigan State University majoring in journalism. She joined the Impact in 2023 as a volunteer writer for the entertainment team and as a member of the music review team. Some of her favorite artists  — at least right now — are Modern Baseball, Japanese Breakfast, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest. Outside of the Impact, she enjoys reading, learning how to play electric bass and immersing herself in tabletop role-playing games. “And the circling is worth it, finding beauty in the dissonance.” - Tool

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