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Mitski reveals the beseeching “Love Me More”

Mitski‘s new album Laurel Hell is now less than a month away from release, and while she’s already shared three pre-album singles – “Working For The Knife”, “The Only Heartbreaker” and “Heat Lightning” – she’s kindly given us another called “Love Me More”. She reveals:

As ‘Love Me More’ was written pre-pandemic, lyrics like ‘If I keep myself at home’ had different meanings than what they would now, but I kept them on the album because I found that some of the sentiments not only remained the same, but were accentuated by the lockdown.
‘Love Me More’ went through the most iterations out of all the songs on the album. It’s been too fast, too slow, and at some point, it was even an old style country song. Finally, I think because we had watched The Exorcist, we thought of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ and experimented with floating an ostinato over the chorus. As we steadily evolved the ostinato to fit over the chord progressions, we began to hear how the track was meant to sound.”

While it would certainly be fascinating to hear those earlier versions of “Love Me More”, it seems certain that Mitski and Patrick Hyland landed on the right version in the end. A skittering up-tempo track that would be perfect for a run (or running away from your feelings), “Love Me More” gets more outrageous with the addition of a glinting synth melody, bringing extravagance to her solace.

Check out the video for “Love Me More” below or listen on streaming platforms.

Mitski’s new album Laurel Hell comes out on February 4 through Dead Oceans (pre-order/save). You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.