With the recent releases of “Machinist” and “Boyish”, Japanese Breakfast’s new album Soft Sounds From Another Planet draws itself wholly new and distinct from Psychopomp. The production of the band’s debut album Psychopomp was prompted by the death of Michelle Zauner’s mother, whose life is memorialized by the album. In the title track “Psychopomp”, the sorrowful song fades into a voice recording of Zauner’s mother saying “it’s OK” in Korean and telling Michelle “don’t cry” after her cancer was found to be terminal. The heavy themes of Psychopomp are pieced together through dreamy and bright pop songs that ring and shimmer like vivid memories of a past that seep into the present.
Something we only partly glimpsed in Psychopomp in songs like “In Heaven”, “The Woman That Loves You”, and “Psychopomp,” is Zauner’s affinity for the dreamy and echoing sounds of futuristic worlds. This shines full-force in Japanese Breakfast’s sophomore album, aptly named Soft Sounds From Another Planet. The album paints a portrait of lonely characters moving through a lonely world of colored lights that flash against a constant face of monochrome. “Boyish” is a sweeping declaration of unrequited love whose mood moves like Wong Kar Wai’s iconic Chungking Express. “Machinist” plays like a beaming anthem to iconic otherworldly places, whether it be Akira’s Neo-Tokyo or Blade Runner’s dystopian L.A.
Japanese Breakfast is currently on tour in support of Soft Sounds From Another Planet, which comes out July 14th, 2017.
July 5 — Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 6 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 7 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
July 8 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
July 15 — Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
July 27 — Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
July 28 — Portland, ME @ State Theatre
July 29 — Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
July 31 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
August 2 — Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
October 23 — Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
October 25 — Berlin, DE @ Badenhouse
November 2 — Brighton, GB @ The Joker
November 6 — Leeds, GB @ Headrow House
November 7 — London, GB @ The Dome Tufnell Park