Japanese Breakfast // Holocene 6/22
Written by Emma on June 20, 2017
Photo by Angela Owens
RIYL: (Sandy) Alex G, Jay Som, Mitski, Frankie Cosmos
Eugene’s own Michelle Zauner is ready to bless Portland with the lo-fi indie pop that is staking it’s claim on mainstream music. Along with Frank Ocean collaborator (Sandy) Alex G and Brooklyn’s Cende, Japanese Breakfast will be at Holocene Thursday night. Marking one of the first major shows post-finals, the DIY power pop scene is making its home here in Portland.
The follow-up to 2016’s Psychopomp, is soon approaching and we’ve been given a few hints as to what it’ll sound like. The first single, “Machinist” feels radically different from expectations on first listen but still retains the homemade, lo-fi elements that define her work. It borrows themes from more mainstream pop artists such as Phoenix’s twinkling keyboards and guitar as well as classic Daft Punk vocoder use in the background. As nice as it is to become comfortable with an artist and be content with the same tracks reworked into new songs, Japanese Breakfast’s apparent evolution with “Machinist” is as refreshing as the groovy sax solo in the outro.
The second release, “Boyish” first appeared as an emo/indie track from Zauner’s first band Little Big League. It’s reworked state is a more traditional lo-fi tune but still retains the longing nostalgia from the original. “Boyish” is a perfect example of what indie pop would have sounded like in an old black and white movie, over the top of Ingrid Bergman and Carey Grant falling in love.
Thursday’s show promises to be an incredible night of some of the best lo-fi artists right now and Japanese Breakfast more than holds her own. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear material from the new album “Soft Sounds From Another Planet” due July 14th on Dead Oceans. Be sure to also check out KPSU’s interview with Cende 6/20 at noon.
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