We only came across Michelle Zauner’s Japanese Breakfast recently, but there was very little to stop us from becoming instant fans. Zauner has a lo-fi charm that she mixes with alt-pop zingers, her guitar a vessel for some seriously electric songwriting.
On Psychopomp, Zauner delivers from the get-go. In Heaven and The Woman That Loves You are a fine one-two punch to give you a sense of what she’s all about. “You should try to do as little as harm as you can to the woman that loves you,” she sings oh-so-simply, but with an understated bite that will make sure you absolutely do not fuck with her.
That this record was written soon after Zauner discovered her mother’s diagnosis almost feels somewhat moot – songs like Everybody Wants To Love You feel almost celebratory, defiant in the face of life’s travails. It all serves to make the devastation – when it comes – almost too much to bear, as it does on Jane Cum. It’s subdued and hides its vulnerability behind layers of punky bravado, but it’s more than enough to make sure you recognise this Breakfast as the most important meal of the week.