How about a slice of Friday night for your Tuesday morning? Today Japanese Breakfast has shared a brand-new music video for “Everybody Wants To Love You.” The third installment co-directed by Michelle Zauner (principal songwriter) and Adam Kolodny, the video follows a bar-hopping Zauner through NYC, multiple games of Pac Man, and to the top of a semi. Styled by Celeste Welch, Zauner is wearing a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, that her mother wore to her wedding.
It’s a party you don’t wanna miss out on. As is their forthcoming European tour! Japanese Breakfast is currently on the road with Porches in North America and will tour Europe later in the autumn. All dates below.
Japanese Breakfast’s critically acclaimed debut album, Psychopomp, is out now via Yellow K Records in North America and via Dead Oceans in the rest of the world. You can purchase your copy of Psychopomp via Pledge Music, iTunes, Amazon, or at your local record shop!
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Japanese Breakfast‘s critically acclaimed album, Psychopomp, taps into a timeless and evasive pop tradition – where drawing on the personal turns universal. The record explores life’s inherent juxtapositions – life, death; love, pain; the present, the afterlife – through the lens of principal songwriter, Michelle Zauner. Today we’re elated to share Psychopomp with territories outside of North America (where it was released by Yellow K Records).
You can purchase your copy of Psychopomp via Pledge Music, iTunes, Amazon, or at your local record shop! Get to know Michelle a little better with this fantastic interview over at Noisey. Still on the fence? Don’t take our word for it:
“You’ll want to laugh five seconds after wanting to cry; and then you’ll just want to dance.”
– London in Stereo
“A collection of smart, steamy pop with intelligence and bite”
– The Line of Best Fit
“Self-aware and unapologetic, the foundations of Psychopomp are built on needs – emotional, physical, spiritual”
– Noisey UK
“Michelle Zauner’s ‘Psychopomp’ album is one of the year’s most deeply personal debuts”
This fall Japanese Breakfast will tour extensively with Porches in North America, returning to the UK in October. Check out all the dates here.
We’re over the moon to announce that Japanese Breakfast has signed to Dead Oceans. On August 19th, we will be releasing the critically acclaimed Psychopomp outside of North America. Today Japanese Breakfast has shared a video for “Jane Cum” off Psychopomp. Rookie, who premiered the House of Nod produced “Jane Cum” video, are saying it’s “sometimes light as a feather, other times dark as night.”
Since Psychopomp was released in America in March by Yellow K, it’s become one of the year’s most beloved indie-pop records, receiving plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR and FACT.
The record is acutely tactile and raw. It’s this skill that Michelle Zauner learned while playing in a number of bands but has honed for Japanese Breakfast. Perhaps it’s to do with the inherent connectivity that links all pop music together, or perhaps it’s the fact that the album is incredibly personal (it deals with her mother’s death, who is the woman in the album art work) and explores life’s inherent juxtapositions – life, death; love, pain; the present, the afterlife – while realizing that those things aren’t binary at all.
The Jungian term “psychopomp” would become so fundamental to exploring tangled ways of the world and beyond, that it became the title of the album.
Psychopomp: ‘the mediator between the conscious and the unconscious’, ‘a mythological guide to the afterlife who forgoes judgment on the life of its charge.’ The album is such a spiritual exploration that it becomes deeper and perhaps less fatalistic than what we’ve been taught about life and what it means to live.
“It’s been really overwhelming the amount of support, the people that have come up to me saying they’ve lost a parent, or how many mixed race girls that come up to me and feel so connected to what I do. Honestly that makes me feel like my work is worthwhile.”
Japanese Breakfast is currently on tour in the US with Mitski and Jay Som. On August 19th, Dead Oceans will release Psychopomp outside of Northern America which will coincide with Japanese Breakfast’s debut UK performances. Full dates & pre-order links listed below.