Help yourself to the sounds of Japanese Breakfast for an energizing boost to kickstart the weekend. The solo-project of Michelle Zauner (Little Big League), Japanese Breakfast releases its debut album Psychopomp today via Yellow K Records.
Why Psychopomp you ask? “A psychopomp is a guide, whose primary function is to escort souls to the afterlife, but they can also serve as guides through the various transitions of life.”
The title reflects the transition Zauner and her family experienced in 2014, when Zauner’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Tracks “In Heaven” and “Heft” document Zauner’s loss with an aching yet dreamlike tonality.
Other songs explore romantic relationships: unfiltered, carnal and unapologetic. Despite the rawness of the lyrics, the vocals and song structure maintain a mystical, glimmering quality throughout.
The single “Everybody Want To Love You” is a particularly whimsical ballad of a one-night stand. “Can I get your number? / Can I get you into bed?” sings Zauner, later asking, “Will you lend me your toothbrush? / Will you make me breakfast in bed?”
It doesn’t get much realer than that.
Listen to “Everybody Wants To Love You” below and purchase Psychpomp here.
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