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Soft Sounds From Another Planet

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Theo Schenk
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Theo Schenk A fantastic whole album but also great individual songs, a unique voice & powerful lyrics. Looking forward to seeing you in London later this year! Favorite track: Boyish.
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alexis absolutely adore her new take on her old tunes, such perfect harmonies and guitar rifts. queen of bedroom synth pop and heartful lyrics, she is honestly amazing Favorite track: Road Head.
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JNmeister I can't tell whether I like Machinist or Boyish better, they both make me want to cry. Amazing album, touching lyrics, and will go down as one of my favorites of 2017. Favorite track: Machinist.
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Elliot Hanson New sound, great album. Favorite track: Boyish.
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Eric Evans Japanese Breakfast is always worth a listen but this is just straight-up fantastic
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BukkakeTheFrog japanese breakfast is back and expanding her sound with old and new tracks Favorite track: Road Head.
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Japanese Breakfast's 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet' is less of a concept album about space exploration so much as it is a mood board come to life. Over the course of 12 tracks, Michelle Zauner explores a sonic landscape of her own design, one that's big enough to contain her influences. There are songs on this album that recall the pathos of Roy Orbison’s ballads, while others could soundtrack a cinematic drive down one of Blade Runner's endless skyways. Zauner's voice is capacious; one moment she's serenading the past, the next she's robotically narrating a love story over sleek monochrome, her lyrics more pointed and personal than ever before. While 'Psychopomp' was a genre-spanning introduction to Japanese Breakfast, this visionary sophomore album launches the project to new heights.

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released July 14, 2017

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Track Name: Diving Woman
I want to be a woman of regimen
A bride in her home state
A diving woman of Jeju-do

I want it all
I want it

The men have gone and left again
And no one’s shocked or blames them
Another day is shot, my friend
I’m picking up the pieces
That’s the third dead dog I’ve seen on this highway
These treads are wearing thin
When I get back there, baby
I’m gonna make you a home

You’ll have it all
I’ll have it
Track Name: Road Head
You gave road head on a turnpike exit
Going home, going home
Last ditch desperate, like a makeshift siphon
Pump and run, pump and run
Pump and run, pump and run

Run!

“Dream on, baby,” were his last words to me
“Dream on, baby.”
So dreaming baby took that corkscrewed highway
Lightless miles of big rigs
Lightless miles, miles and miles

Home
Track Name: Machinist
[Woman]
I don’t know how it happened
Was it always this way and I just couldn’t see it?
Heart burning hot enough for the both of us
I never realized how much you were holding back
All the times I felt so plugged in, you were tuning out
A muted channel, a cold shell, a hologram, an abyss…

How can I fight a kingdom of your demons?
A mist, so palpable
You can’t have it all--her, and all the pleasure a woman can give

[Woman] Do you trust me? Can you feel it?
[Machine] Total control, can’t let go
[Woman] It could be bliss
[Machine] Machinist…

Can’t speak, you wanted it all
Let go a piece of the heart—all the pleasure it gives
Leave me lost in the night
Shadows go in and go by
I just wanted it all

Here’s to the night! A lullaby a-creeping
A song, to win your love
See me at all? Through all of your aggressors—
The true one

Can’t speak, you wanted it all
Let go a piece of your heart—all the pleasure it gives
Leave me lost in the night
Shadows go in and go by
I just wanted it all
Track Name: Planetary Ambience
Instrumental
Track Name: Soft Sounds from Another Planet
I wish I could keep you from abusing yourself for no reason at all
Counting backwards things you endured, pitting them up against happier lives

That’s not the way to hurt me
I’ll show you the way to hurt me

In search of a soft sound from another planet
In search of a quiet place to lay this to rest
Striving for goodness while the cruel men win
There’s no part of me left that can feel or hear it

They’ll never let you hurt me
I’ll never let you hurt me
Track Name: Boyish
Your boyish reassurance is not reassuring
And I need it
And all of my devotion turns violent
If you go to her, don’t expect to come home to me
To me

I can’t get you off my mind, I can’t get you off in general
So here we are we’re just two losers
I want you, and you want something more beautiful

Lack of inhibition works wonders in revealing every demon
And all this confrontation, this suffering
What do you want from me?
If you don’t like how I look then leave

I can’t get you off my mind, and you can’t get yours off the hostess
Watched her lips reserving tables
As my ugly mouth kept running

Love me,
Love me!
Track Name: 12 Steps
I said something cruel, I can’t say I quite regret it
12 steps into the smoking bar I found you
Clothes engulfed in a bonfire I begged you to my room
Begging still, all these years

Oh, looking back,
How did I keep moving?
I didn’t know that half of me was missing
It’s easy to leave, easy to leave

So tell me, “I can’t blame you, we let love run its course
and it’s a little bit lonelier,
I don’t blame you, it’s just our love ran its course
and that’s a little bit hard”

Oh, looking back,
There wasn’t a thing to keep me
From running around in the wreckage that burned all season
It was easy to leave, once you’d finally seen me

Now tell me “I can’t blame you, it’s just that love ran its course
And it’s a little bit lonelier,
I don’t blame you, we let love run its course
And it’s a little bit hard
I can’t blame you, he’s the one that you wanted
Singing scenes from a restaurant
I can’t blame you, it’s just our love ran its course
And it’s a love that’s long gone”
Track Name: Jimmy Fallon Big!
We aren’t bound by law
We aren’t bound by anything at all
Just you
If you decide to show
Just if you decide to show up on time

Why walk when you can show up on time?
On time, on time
Track Name: The Body Is a Blade
Try not to get so righteous about what’s fair for everyone
Find what’s left in you, channel something good

Try your best to slowly withdraw
From the darkest impulses of your heart
Try your best to feel and receive
Your body is a blade that cuts a path from day to day

Calling it off, our hoax of trying
What’s this place if you’re not here?
Emptied the house and staged it for buying
Wave goodbye to all your things

Try your best to slowly withdraw
The body is a blade that moves while your brain is writhing
Knuckled under pain you mourn but your blood is flowing
Track Name: Till Death
All our celebrities keep dying
While the cruel men continue to win
You reassure me in a way you only can
Get these days to go by like the swaying of a ship

Your shape in the dark
Out of state, licensed to me
Public pool, Miller moon
Don’t turn away, I’m still awake

Steering on hostile waves of panic
Like fighting a wheel that pulls to the right
I don’t deserve you but I’m giving it my best
Extol your sacrifice with fine caviars and aspics

Your voice, in the night
Sing me to sleep, soothe this insomnia
Haunted dreams, stages of grief
Repressed memories
Anger and bargaining

Your embrace, healing my wounds
Teach me to breathe, teach me to move
PTSD, anxiety, genetic disease
Thanatophobia
Track Name: This House
This house is full of women
Playing guitar, cooking breakfast
Sharing trauma, doing dishes
And where are you?

What if one day I don’t know you?
What if one day you leave?
And all confused desire and time-zone changes
Change what’s left of you and me?

Maybe it’s all the drinks you’re buying
I was feeling like a kid
Spying on the hidden porn store cameras
Waiting on your graveyard shift

And now you’re out in California
Just like you always said you’d be
And did you ever even love her?
Or was it rooted in companionship and timing?

Well I’m not the one I was then
My life was folded up in half
I guess I owe it to the timing of companions
I survived the year at all
At all, at all
Track Name: Here Come the Tubular Bells
Instrumental