Japanese Breakfast – “Road Head”

Michelle Zauner will return next week with Soft Sounds From Another Planet, her sophomore release as Japanese Breakfast. The first two singles from the album hinted at a more diverse sound with a little bit of everything, appropriately, considering the title, worlds different from her more thematic, jagged and emotional debut Psychopomp. The guitar that begins her newest teaser “Road Head” is soft and haunting at the same time, with ethereal synth effects mingling with Zauner’s piercing vocals. Her vocals are starry-eyed and hopeful, but the lyrics are tinged with desperation and disappointment, still incredibly enticing.

Soft Sounds From Another Planet will be released on July 14th.

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Japanese Breakfast – “Boyish”

Japanese Breakfast, also known as the musical project of Michelle Zauner, released one of the best and most emotional albums of the past year, expressing the pain felt after losing her mother to illness sound-tracked to thoughtful, jagged indie rock. A few weeks ago, she debuted “Machinist,” the glitchy, synth-heavy first single to her upcoming sophomore album Soft Sounds From Another Planet (which also has one of the most cinematic music videos of the year). It’s clear she’s taken another path stylistically and her second single reflects the theory tenfold, as she hangs up her space-suit to lose herself in a nostalgic doo-wop tune. Her vocals are velvety smooth and become almost transcendent in the haze of orchestral instrumentals – but the track has a bittersweet sadness laced in between the strings and harmonies, existing as an ode to feeling inadequate, just short of being the beautiful, complex creature that her lover wants her to be.

Soft Sounds From Another Planet will be released on July 14th.

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photo by Phobymo