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Michelle Zauner is back with her first Japanese Breakfast album since 2017’s ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’.  Zauner will publish her memoir Crying In H Mart later this year. Set for release in the UK on August 5th, the book is described as an “unflinching and powerful memoir about [Zauner] growing up Korean-American, losing her mother and forging her own identity”.

The new album ‘Jubilee’ – you can hear its lead single, ‘Be Sweet’‘Jubilee’ will be released on June 4th via Dead Oceans. Speaking about the process behind making the album, Zauner said that she’s “never wanted to rest on any laurels. I wanted to push it as far as it could go, inviting more people in and pushing myself as a composer, a producer, an arranger.”

“After spending the last five years writing about grief, I wanted our follow up to be about joy,” Zauner explained. “For me, a third record should feel bombastic and so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one. “I wrote ‘Be Sweet’ with Jack Tatum from Wild Nothing a few years ago. I’ve been holding onto it for so long and am so excited to finally put it out there.”

For today, Michelle Zauner the mastermind behind Japanese Breakfast already has a busy year ahead of her third album “Jubilee”, the awaited follow-up to 2017’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet, which will be out June 4th. The song is packed with massive drum hits, Nile Rodgers-like guitar strums, and shimmering synths (Oh! How those synths shimmer). The album’s lead single is a joyous and hopeful introduction to Zauner’s next album, but it comes after a long period of mourning and growth; her first two albums coincided with witnessing her mother undergo cancer treatment and grieving her death. “After spending the last five years writing about grief, I wanted our follow up to be about joy,” she said of the new project. “For me, a third record should feel bombastic and so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one. 

“Be Sweet” also comes with a fun video that Zauner directed which features Mannequin Pussy’s Marisa Dabice. Together they search for UFOs with a very legitimate looking neon-lit UFO tracker. “I want to believe in you / I want to believe in something,” Zauner sings during the chorus. 

“Be Sweet” the new song by Japanese Breakfast from ‘Jubilee’, out June 4th on Dead Oceans Records.

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Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner has informed her Twitter followers to expect her third album some point in 2021. Responding to post on social media relating to a feature by the publication about the most highly anticipated releases in 2021, Zauner quoted the tweet and added, “LP3 coming”. Japanese Breakfast has still yet officially announced the record, but it has been close to four-years since she shared her last full-length effort, 2017’s “Soft Sounds From Another Planet”.

Zauner didn’t release any music under the Japanese Breakfast moniker in 2020, the last time she shared music came in 2019 when she released a glorious cover Tears For Fears ‘Head Over Heels’ and a new track, titled ‘Essentially’. Her creative energy has been primarily spent writing her memoir “Crying in H Mart”. The book is based on Zauner’s 2018 New Yorker essay and is out in April.

In a press release, Zauner said: “My mother passed away almost six years ago and ever since, my life has felt folded in half, divided into a before and after her death, my identity and my family having been fractured in the wake of her loss. I’ve spent the past six years processing grief in the best way I knew how-through creative work. “I wrote two albums worth of material in an attempt to encapsulate all of that heavy darkness, confusion and loneliness, and then I spent another three years writing pages and pages to try and capture my mother’s brilliant character and spirit, what it was like to be raised by a Korean immigrant in a small west coast town with very little diversity, the intense shame I felt towards my mixed-race identity and how my embrace of Korean food and culture helped me come to terms with that upbringing, allowed me to reconnect with her memory.”

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner is releasing her first book this year, Crying in H Mart, and after playing new songs on a May livestream, she’s confirmed that Japanese Breakfast’s third album in on the way, too. She said she wrote a lot of it on piano, and we’re eager to hear how that might influence the band’s dream pop sound. is releasing her first book this year, and after playing new songs on a May livestream, she’s confirmed that Japanese Breakfast’s third album in on the way, too. She said she wrote a lot of it on piano, and we’re eager to hear how that might influence the band’s dream pop sound.

2021 is gearing up to potentially be a huge one for Zauner as she expresses herself with these two formats as she releases a new album and her memoir, Crying in H Mart. Anticipation is rife as Zauner plans to make up for the relative silence from Japanese Breakfast over the last couple of years.