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Soft Sounds From Another Planet

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buffalo33 Soft Sounds From Another Planet holds together as a singular work in a way so few albums do today; from the determinedly optimistic beats of Diving Woman to the mournful tones of Here Come the Tubular Bells, the album chronicles a life in all its glorious uncertainty.
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Jesus Ramos It's a nice album, but I bought this mostly because Diving Woman is an incredible song and I'd like to own it on vinyl.
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irq506 Coming to the show a bit late here, honestly, when I saw Michelle on KEXP you-tube, I was taken away, that voice..
Diving woman is my favorite track, it has the intensity of Slowdive & the bass+drums really remind me of MetalBox & Flowers of Romance by Public Image Limited.
Lyrically,I love the concepts and the warmth of sentiment, some searing truths written in an accessibility, its giving me a doorway to understanding her generation.
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1.
Diving Woman 06:32
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
2.
Road Head 03:15
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
3.
Machinist 03:37
[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
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Instrumental
5.
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
6.
Boyish 03:33
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!
7.
12 Steps 02:36
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”
8.
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
9.
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
10.
Till Death 02:57
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
11.
This House 03:02
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
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Instrumental

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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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