Japanese Breakfast is touring in support of their acclaimed new album Jubilee on Dead Oceans. Michelle Zauner having a massive year! Her memoir, Crying In H Mart, has been on the NY Times Best Seller’s list for 18 weeks, and is soon to be adapted for the screen for MGM’S Orion Pitcures. She’s also about to release the soundtrack for Sable, an anticipated video game, via Sony Music Masterworks.
She is no stranger to the Twin Cities having played here quite a few times and it has been fun watching her progress from the Entry to the Fine Line and now the First Avenue’s Mainroom for Sunday’s show. A few tickets are still available HERE
From the moment she began writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew that she wanted to call it Jubilee. After all, a jubilee is a celebration of the passage of time—a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor. Zauner’s first two albums garnered acclaim for the way they grappled with anguish; Psychopomp was written as her mother underwent cancer treatment, while Soft Sounds From Another Planet took the grief she held from her mother‘s death and used it as a conduit to explore the cosmos. Now, at the start of a new decade, Japanese Breakfast is ready to fight for happiness, an all-too-scarce resource in our seemingly crumbling world.
How does she do it? With a joyful noise. From pulsing walls of synthgaze and piano on “Sit,” to the nostalgia-laden strings that float through “Tactics,” Jubilee bursts with the most wide-ranging arrangements of Zauner’s career. Each song unfurls a new aspect of her artistry: “Be Sweet,” co-written with Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum, is a jagged, propulsive piece of ‘80s pop that’s followed by a sweetly melancholic ballad in “Kokomo, IN.” As she rides a crest of saxophones and synthesizers through “Slide Tackle,” a piece of nimble pop-funk run through a New Order lens, Zauner professes her desire to move forward: “I want to be good—I want to navigate this hate in my heart somewhere better.”