2nd solo project from Michelle Zauner under the Japanese Breakfast moniker. Zauner, affectionately referred to as "J Brekkie" by fans, follows up her 2016 debut Psychopomp with Soft Sounds From Another Planet, a 12-tracker that explores a wide range of emotions over a lush bed of catchy melodies, noise, and atmospheric soundscapes. JB's first album was released around the time of her mother's fatal bout w/ cancer, and it was noted for the overarching theme of grief, which she brilliantly paired with other life subjects like sexuality and heartbreak. Similarly raw, melancholic feelings are expressed on Soft Sounds…, and Michelle's pointed, autobiographical songwriting is the engine that drives the LP. However, the album covers a much wider spectrum sonically: "Michelle Zauner explores a sonic landscape of her own design, one that's big enough to contain her influences." From indie rock and lo-fi to experimental pop and shoegaze, all the elements that influenced Psychopomp are still present but done in a glossier, fuller, and more cohesive manner. Check out "Diving Woman" (props to the opening line — "I wanna be a woman of regimen / A bride in her home state / A diving woman of Jeju-do — what a great way to incorporate her Korean roots), "Road Head," "Machinist," "Boyish," and the title track.
- red vinyl pressing
- music label: Dead Oceans 2017
reviewed by nakaveli 07/2017
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