Japanese Breakfast to release new album in June – The Manila Times
Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner’s musical project, will be releasing “Jubilee” in June. It is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed “Soft Sounds From Another Planet” series. It is tagged by the single, “Be Sweet,” a jagged, propulsive ’80s-inspired pop song that debuted on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
“I wrote this song with Jack Tatum from Wild Nothing in LA. The phrase “Tell the men that I am coming” comes from a story by Raymond Carver called “Tell the women that we are going”. I just tried to imagine what kind of sassy woman would say something like that. It’s basically ‘please be nice to me otherwise’, ”Zauner said in an email interview with Music Geek.
From the moment she started writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew she wanted to call her Jubilee. After all, a jubilee celebrates the passage of time – a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor.
Zauner’s first two albums were hailed for the way they battled angst. “Psychopomp” was written while her mother was undergoing cancer treatment, while “Soft Sounds From Another Planet” took her grief over her mother’s death and used it as a conduit to explore. the cosmos. Today, 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.
“I wanted a record that felt explosive, theatrical, ambitious, confident. I feel like we really accomplished these things while producing something with amplitude and pathos. The arrangements are much larger; the songs seem more classic and more mature to me, ”Zauner said of his upcoming album.
The Korean-American artist goes so far as to say that Jubilee is his best work to date.
“I think it’s just the best job I’ve ever done. I really feel like my collaborators and I pushed each other in terms of songwriting, production and arrangement. It’s bigger and better in my opinion. “
Zauner did perform in Manila in 2019 for a song festival. When asked what she remembered best from her visit, she happily replied, “I just remember it was one of the hottest and most chaotic shows we’ve ever played! We didn’t have a lot of time there, but I remember it was really important for me to have good chicken adobo and jollibee – neither of which I really need to have. , so I really have to come back. My favorite memory is all the amazing people that I have been able to play and meet. “
Below are the rest of Music Geek Q&A with Michelle Zauner.
What is the inspiration behind your music name, Japanese Breakfast?
I used to upload my demos to tumblr with anime food gifs, I thought the picture of a Japanese breakfast was so calming and beautiful.
Why did you decide to write about joy this time after writing about grief?
I think the simple time allowed me to finally change course, and of course, after writing two albums and Crying in H Mart, my next memoir, I felt I really needed to say most of it. what I had to say about these types of feelings. .
What is your process for creating and writing songs?
It usually starts with a smaller idea that I spend time with that gets bigger. For songwriting it usually starts with lyrics I’m interested in and it’s almost like listening to the sounds in your head and chasing them out loud.
What are your musical influences?
For this album: Bjork, Kate Bush, Randy Newman
What does music mean to you?
The greatest joy.
What’s the best feedback you’ve had on your music?
I guess someone felt it deeply, that it touched them.
How do you feel about making your late night TV debut on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon?”
It’s so awesome! Sense of accomplishment in a very complete circle. I really never thought I had reached this point.
What have you learned from the pandemic?
That there can be life and identity beyond work. That the wealth disparity in our country and indeed all over the world is really ugly and I must do more for more community.
How do you stay creative despite the pandemic?
I tried dieting, the routine really helps me stay grounded, so I would try to devote at least an hour a day to practicing guitar or piano, reading, exercising, and these things can start to clear a way. to creativity, but to be honest I haven’t been too creative this year.
How important is it to you that your music is heard not only in the United States, but also around the world?
It’s really important! I love Asia and will work hard for any excuse to be able to tour there in particular. But really traveling is one of the best parts of this job, so it’s really important for me to be heard outside of the US in general.
Do you have dream collaborations with an artist in the future?
I would love to collaborate with Bill Callahan or The 1975, Jon Brion
What advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to enter the music industry?
Do not be discouraged! It can be a long road. You need to keep working hard and making sure you stick to your real voice and what matters to you. Never give in!
The Korean-American says she chose Japanese Breakfast as her music name because she used to upload her demos to tumblr with anime food gifs.