12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her sophomore album, Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner seeks grounding in an unlikely place: outer space. Her evocative metaphors and hefty subject matter find lightness in shimmery, spacey electronics, most potently on the expansive, krautrock-like opener "Diving Woman." She deals with femininity and sexuality in synth-pop reveries like "Road Head" and the Auto-Tune-enhanced "Machinist," and cuts deep into trauma ("The Body Is a Blade") and grief ("Till Death") by finding comfort in ‘90s indie guitar pop, fluttering keyboards, and gentle wafts of mournful horns.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her sophomore album, Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner seeks grounding in an unlikely place: outer space. Her evocative metaphors and hefty subject matter find lightness in shimmery, spacey electronics, most potently on the expansive, krautrock-like opener "Diving Woman." She deals with femininity and sexuality in synth-pop reveries like "Road Head" and the Auto-Tune-enhanced "Machinist," and cuts deep into trauma ("The Body Is a Blade") and grief ("Till Death") by finding comfort in ‘90s indie guitar pop, fluttering keyboards, and gentle wafts of mournful horns.

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