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The Quietus 8/10 Japanese Breakfast is turning into an artist with much to adore, unabashedly authentic.
Japanese Breakfast 2nd release ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ alludes to the promise of something that may or may not be there. Like a hope in something more. The songs are about human resilience and the strength it takes to claw out of the darkest of spaces.
Michelle Zauner wrote the debut album in the weeks after her mother died of cancer, thinking she would quit music entirely once it was done. That wasn't the case. When Psychopomp was released to acclaim in 2016, she was forced to confront her grief. Zauner would find find herself reliving traumatic memories multiple times a day during interviews, trying to remain composed while discussing the most painful experience of her life. Her sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, is a transmutation of mourning, a reflection that turns back on the cosmos in search of healing.
Where Psychopomp introduced the world to Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds dives deeper. It builds space where there is none, and suggests that in the face of tragedy, we find ways to keep on living.
Under The Radar 8/10 Soft Sounds is ambitious experimental pop that wants to experiment while still sounding like pop – it really works.