RIYL: Slowdive, Jay Som, Crystal Castles,

Label: Dead Oceans

The second album from Japanese Breakfast promises to bring us even deeper into Michelle Zauner’s lush sonic universe. The album’s title and video for the first single indicate the influence of sci-fi space epics—the desire to explore uncharted territory. Zauner isn’t afraid to work in varied musical styles, as is apparent on her debut from last year. She can bring expansive, atmospheric qualities to any genre, effectively tying them into her own cohesive solar system of sound with her personal narratives radiating life from the center of it all.

If you don’t need all the Deluxe bells & whistles there are a few other options; classic black wax is only $17.99, the stand alone limited red wax is also up for pre-order at Amoeba, and if you are or want to become a Secretly Society Subscriber, their record this month is a turquoise variant.

The Details

Japanese Breakfast 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet' Deluxe Bundle includes:
1. 'Soft Sounds...' on Limited-Edition, Translucent Red Vinyl & CD
2. Cassette Containing Midi Versions of Album Tracks
3. 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet' Companion Book, Containing Illustrations, Lyrics and Musical Scores.
4. Digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable on release day
Japanese Breakfast's 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet' is less of a concept album about space exploration so much as it is a mood board come to life. Over the course of 12 tracks, Michelle Zauner explores a sonic landscape of her own design, one that's big enough to contain her influences. There are songs on this album that recall the pathos of Roy Orbison’s ballads, while others could soundtrack a cinematic drive down one of Blade Runner's endless skyways. Zauner's voice is capacious; one moment she's serenading the past, the next she's robotically narrating a love story over sleek monochrome, her lyrics more pointed and personal than ever before. While 'Psychopomp' was a genre-spanning introduction to Japanese Breakfast, this visionary sophomore album launches the project to new heights.

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Price $32.99

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