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Dreamy-warm guitar good times with a darker undercurrent from Japanese Breakfast, the solo activity of Michelle Zauner out of Little Big League. Psychopomp came out of a return to her early lo-fi works: by enlisting Ned Eisenberg, Zauner has developed those early sketches into fully-formed shoegaze-tinged indie songs. Make sure you listen to the lyrics. Out on Dead Oceans.


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Psychopomp by Japanese Breakfast
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 16 August 2016

Beginning with the euphoric ‘In Heaven’, what’s immediately striking is the freshness of Michelle Zauner’s vocal, outside of her band Little Big League and their slacker context. It’s the startling opener, from a debut solo LP, which initiates a series of nine bounding, brief and beguiling songs; big, bright slices of dream pop are the order of the day here, albeit with an often darker lyrical undercurrent.

Across the record, Zauner personifies the sound of need and longing made sweetly romantic, if mostly doomed. If her efforts are ultimately exercises in futility, she remains optimistic throughout, joyous even. ‘Everybody Wants To Love You’ may be an ecstatic, youthful rush of blood to the head -- and other places -- but deep down, you sense there is heartbreak just around the corner.

The fifth and title track slows things down considerably for an emotive minute, the synths and strings creating an elegiac interlude before ramping up those shoegaze influences on ‘Jane Cum’ to create the textural noise as counterpoint to Michelle’s painfully yearning cries and the sorrowful violin that creeps in towards the end of the song. ‘Heft’ turns up the drama some more, as Zauner seems as close to resolved to failure as she’ll ever get. “But in the night I am someone else”, she confesses on the record’s final song, ‘Tripple 7’. It’s complicated innit, this life business… we all spend most of it longing for something, and ‘Psychopomp’ brings that home clear as a bell.




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