Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet

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There's some discussion of this on the overlooked albums thread, but it's one of my favourite albums of the year and deserves more attention.

Matt DC, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

Genuinely surprised that ILM hasn't gone mad for this, it does most of what I want an indie record to do in 2017.

Matt DC, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh hey a friend just proposed i see these guys with them -- sounds like you're saying I should? I've never heard of them besides 20 minutes ago when this guy brought them up, and now .

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

I really liked Psychopomp but haven't been able to get into this anywhere near as much. It's nowhere near as immediate and the dreamy synth haze is gone.

ufo, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

They're good. Michelle is a star

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 03:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

That's a nice album. Not revolutionary but solid indie with pop touches.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 10:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Bob Boilen NPR indie

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

But good at that

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

I guess I need to listen to Psychopomp then. Still, 'Boyish' is one of the most affecting songs I've heard this year.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 08:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

Going to see them next month. Can't wait.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 20:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

I liked Psychopomp a lot, but Soft Sounds has grabbed me so much more. The second half in particular is very strong. Till Death is just devastating, especially that key change where she sings, "teach me to breathe". Some of it reminds me of the more mellow moments on the last Angel Olsen album.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 22:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

i meant to listen to this earlier but only got around to it today and wow, what an upgrade from psychopomp (which is already v good), what an impressive record

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

I like them a lot--not as in love with Soft Sounds but agree that the second half is where the guts of the album is

Randall Jarrell (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

great recommendation Matt

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 6 October 2017 04:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm a fan, some nice stuff to admire and not much to dislike. Production is uber wonderful on new one.

calstars, Friday, 6 October 2017 04:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

"You gave road head on a turnpike exit"

calstars, Sunday, 8 October 2017 14:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

This show was really good btw, recommend seeing them

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 8 October 2017 18:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

kinda stuck on the first track "diving woman"

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Diving woman is one of the finest tracks of 2017. Some weird mix of
Stupid girl
By garbage
And goldfrapp. Classic

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 28 October 2017 08:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

I actually agree that this really takes off in the second half, the first few track are good but it's the Spectorish register shift in the second half that really made me fall for it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 29 October 2017 14:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

I really like this album, too. Probably in my top 5 of the year.

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is firmly in my top five too.

I keep getting, "I can't get you off my mind, I can't get you off in general" stuck in my head.

kitchen person, Sunday, 29 October 2017 17:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

They are ok, sometime generic indie though

nostormo, Sunday, 29 October 2017 20:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

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