Described as dark and sonically-upbeat, the music of Japanese Breakfast breaches into a multitude of emotions and layers that defies conventional indie music. The pop laden turns are masked by melodic undertones throughout the first release, Psychopomp. Michelle Zauner began her career with the Philly emo-rock group, Little Big League, but after a family tragedy, her move to Eugene, Oregon is where the spirit of Japanese Breakfast came to fruition. Working on solo recordings to cope with the pain of losing her mother to cancer, most of these tracks went on to make it on her debut album, Psychopomp. Highly in demand, Japanese Breakfast has made it across the states with her new tracks and upcoming release, Soft Sounds From Another Planet.
The crushing sounds of Zauner’s voice struck a chord with The Echoplex audience for a show they would not soon forget. The crafty musicians flaunted their lo-fi pop that won the crowd over with the popular tracks “In Heaven” and “Everybody Wants To Love You.” Zauner took her time on stage to belt out the emotional words behind the new track, “Boyish.” One of these newer tracks, “Road Head,” thrilled the crowd while the dangerous and consuming, “Machinist,” had an auto-tune distortion that incited the crowd to dance. The live shows dare to bring something more to the table than just another rock show. Zuaner is serious with the gravity of her music and provides an incredible experience that music fans want to see.
The stylish and outstanding first album is only a taste of what Japanese Breakfast will soon share with Soft Sounds From Another Planet this coming July. The current tour with Cende and Alex G continues into the summer with a stop in mid-west then off to Canada. Check out their website for tour details.