Japanese Breakfast (AKA Michelle Zauner) is back, this time with a vocoder and some light-up shoes. Lead single “Machinist” is the first taste of the upcoming Japanese Breakfast record Soft Sounds From Another Planet. “The song is a sci-fi narrative about a woman who falls in love with a robot. In the video she hallucinates on rocket fuel and tears apart her spaceship in an attempt to build a body for her robot lover” Zaunur says in a press release. The surprisingly chic clip is her 4th collaboration with House of Nod’s Director of Photography Adam Kolodny, and the first she’s directed herself. The song itself is a prime candidate for dimly lit bedroom dancing, woozy but with enough momentum thanks to some crisp percussion. It’s a bit of a departure from the guitar-based indie rock of Japanese Breakfast’s breakout album Psychopomp, but there’s enough connective tissue in the hazy synths of “Machinist” to keep things familiar.
The album will continue to explore the intergalactic vibes of this video, and thank goodness. With the current shit spiral of our government, who wouldn’t wanna indulge in some extra-terrestrial exploration? Zuaner herself agrees, saying “I used the theme as a means to disassociate from trauma. Space used as a place of fantasy.” Until the day we can enjoy the full album, get a taste of the fantasy by watching the video below. Tickets to Japanese Breakfast’s upcoming shows (including May 6th at new venue Brooklyn Steel) can be found here.