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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Bob Boilen NPR indie

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

But good at that

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

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

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

great recommendation Matt

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

"You gave road head on a turnpike exit"

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

This show was really good btw, recommend seeing them

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

kinda stuck on the first track "diving woman"

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

They are ok, sometime generic indie though

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

eight months pass...

Still playing Soft Sounds From Another Planet at least once a week.

I'm excited for the soundtrack she's doing for a computer game next year. The song she did for the trailer is stunning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8bcIzVtLhQ

kitchen person, Sunday, 22 July 2018 22:21 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

A hell of a writer.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/crying-in-h-mart

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 02:09 (one month ago) Permalink

that was bittersweet

21st savagery fox (m bison), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:25 (one month ago) Permalink


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