“Psychopomp” Japanese Breakfast

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“Psychopomp” Japanese Breakfast

Words from the Writer

Hey, guys. I’m literally just getting off work. Lately, I’ve been busy trying to get work back into a mindless flow. Sometimes I don’t want to think at work. I just want to do what I’m told and move on to the next task. Needless to say, I do feel tired right now. I want to finish this review and head to bed. Honestly, I have to be up tomorrow at like 7am. I have to get to work and hang some blinds on the big front window. Yea, not looking forward to it.

Either way, I’m here again with a great indie album. This time I’m talking about Japanese Breakfast. I was shifting through different bands and tracks when I seriously came across this band. My ears couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I had to do my research on the band ASAP. I listened to this album probably all day at work.

The Band

Michelle Zauner was the guitarist and singer for the Philadelphia indie rock band “Little Big League”. After some time had passed, her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She ended up returning home to Oregon. While in Oregon she revamped songs from her previous lo-fi releases under the name “Japanese Breakfast”. Her new album contains finished versions of the songs, found on the album “Psychopomp” which released early April 2016.


"Psychopomp" Japanese Breakfast

Image Credit: Pitchfork

The Good

This album reflects a sad story of losing someone you love. The sadness is pretty noticeable in tracks like “In heaven”. One of my favorite tracks and the first track on the album, it’s easy to hear what this album is really about. I like how sad and casual the album can be. Great lo-fi type sounds. Michelle’s vocals are so underrated. I feel like this band needs tons of exposure. I don’t want to see this band die out. The album has very nice transitional tracks to give the album an endless flow. I listen tot his album and could barely tell when some track were changing.

The Bad

Honestly, the album is too short. I wished that it had some more tracks. I really liked it that much. Also, the album didn’t have any good use of backup singers in later tracks. Except for the track “triple 7”. I will say that it was really cool listening to the voice sync up. The track “Everyone wants to love you” is the best song on the album for me, but the lyrics may be “too deep” for a  younger audience. With lyrics like ‘When we wake up in the morning, will you give me lots of head’. Still, one of the biggest things I had an issue with was not the album. It was the fact that I coudn’t find any inforamation on theis band. I know it fairly no, but they need a Wiki page right now. I need more info on the band!

Last Words

Honestly, such an underrated band. The way Michelle sings in the opening tracks is so unforgettable for me. I enjoyed this whole album. It’s hard to pinpoint any negative details that didn’t deliver a great experience. I recommend this album to anyone who likes indie rock or music with great lyrics. Listen to it right here on Spotify. Also, their new album can be purchased on Amazon.

Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other music reviews on The EXP Grind.

The Good

  • Great lo-fi type sounds
  • Sad and casual at the same time
  • Transitional tracks give the album endless flow

The Bad

  • The album is too short
  • No use of backup singers in later tracks
  • Needs more info on the band

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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