Review: Soft Sounds from Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast

Soft Sounds from Another Planet by Japanese BreakfastThere’s something interesting about Japanese Breakfast, aka Michelle Zauner, both in the way initially disparate themes are approached, and also, well, how it sounds ultimately. For her second album, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, things are taken to the next level: an interesting tug between her dreamy tendencies and her shoegazer ones. It meanders and yet it keeps you on your toes – an quirky, perhaps, result considering initial plans for the album being a concept piece set in space. Name and a few lyrical nods aside, it feels very much grounded, playing with that feeling of isolation we get in modern times. Also interesting: despite the shoegazer sound Michelle comes in clear – I’m pretty sure the temptation to fuzz up the vocal was there (it is a space-themed album, initially, after all) but instead she cuts clear, providing what I’ll call a glimpse of hope after all the cacophony. [NB]4/5

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