SOFT SOUNDS FROM ANOTHER PLANET DEAD OCEANS, OUT NOW Otherworldly cries into the void from indie-pop auteur.
Japanese Breakfast is not a plate of gohan and a bowl of miso soup but the musical project of Michelle Zauner. Her first LP, 2016’ s Psychopomp, was a pop reflection on the death of her mother, but here she swings skyward, both lyrically and musically, taking inspiration from sci-fi and the cosmos. Soft Sounds… is at times outlandishly fictional – Machinist tells the tale of a woman who falls in love with a robot over Lynchian synth sweeps and a disco chorus. But it’s not all B-movie pew-pews and impenetrable metaphor, the harpsichord-infused ’ 60s girl-group stylings of Boyish and the acoustic This House showing real versatility. Personal but detached, fizzing but restrained, it’s indie-pop with a brain and a soul. KATE SOLOMON Listen To: Machinist | Boyish
Japanese Breakfast: “indie-pop with a brain and a soul.”