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Mitski’s New ‘Your Best American Girl’ Video Features Quite the Lana Del Rey Lookalike

Staying cool in the shade

Mitski has a new video for “Your Best American Girl,” the self-doubting first single from forthcoming album Puberty 2. It’s a story about a love triangle, one corner of which looks an awful lot like professional unattainable ideal Lana Del Rey.

In the “American Girl” video, Mitski attempts to ensare the attention of an attractive young man, but he overlooks her in favor of a woman wearing a fringed shawl and Lana-style flower crown. Spurned, Mitski resorts to making out with her hand, like you did in middle school when you didn’t have a chance in hell of ever speaking to your crush. Then she gets down to business, playing guitar while Flower Crown and her dude appear to recreate Del Rey and Father John Misty’s “Freak” video in the background.

“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,” Mitski said of “Your Best American Girl” in an interview with NPRPuberty 2 is out June 17 from Dead Oceans. Watch the clip and check out tour dates below.

Mitski 2016 tour dates:
April 17 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
April 19 – London, UK @ Birthdays
April 21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
April 23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Basement
June 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
June 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
June 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory
June 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
July 1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
July 2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
July 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
July 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
July 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
July 8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
July 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
July 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
July 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
July 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
July 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
July 25 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
July 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly reversed the San Francisco and Oakland, CA tour dates. The correct dates are above.

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