Japanese Breakfast’s Video “Machinist” Gives Us A Glimpse Of Futuristic Romance With Robots

Warning: cables.

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

May the fourth be with you ya’ll! As fate (or genius marketing) would have it, Japanese Breakfast has dropped her new video “Machinist” today where we see the songstress in a spaceship cavorting and getting tangled with cables. It reminds you of the spaceship scenes in the Matrix, but way less apocalyptic and more party-ready. Built on deliberate arrangements of arpeggiating beats, “Machinist” traces the humanistic desire and galactic narrative that drive magneticism to the track:

Michelle Zauner is the mastermind behind Japanese Breakfast AND the video. “The song is a sci-fi narrative about a woman who falls in love with a robot. In the video she hallucinates on rocket fuel and tears apart her spaceship in an attempt to build a body for her robot lover,” she shared.

“Machinist” is from Japanese Breakfast’s new album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, which will be out on July 14th via Dead Oceans. Japanese Breakfast has become one of the most leading indietronic artists after her debuting her first record Psychopomp, which she wrote in the weeks after her mother’s death. Her first album served as a creative outlet to confront her pain. With the upcoming album, Zauner seeks to find healing and creativity in space. As of now, the gal is on tour so go see her live:

5/5 – Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, ON, Canada)

5/6 – Olympia Theatre (Montreal, QC, Canada)

5/7 – 9:30 Club (Washington, DC, USA)

5/8-9 – Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

6/2 – Rock & Roll Hotel (Washington, DC, USA)

6/3 – Strange Matter (Richmond, VA, USA)

6/4 – Cat’s Cradle (Back Room) (Carrboro, NC, USA)

6/6 – The Masquerade (Purgatory) (Atlanta, GA, USA)

6/7 – The Social (Orlando, FL, USA)

6/9 – White Oak Music Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

6/10 – The Parish (Austin, TX, USA)

6/11 – Club Dada (Dallas, TX, USA)

6/13 – The Rebel Lounge (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

6/15 – The Echoplex (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

6/16 – The Irenic (San Diego, CA, USA)

6/17 – Constellation Room (Santa Ana, CA, USA)

6/18 – The Chapel (San Francisco, CA, USA)

6/20 – The Crocodile (Seattle, WA, USA)

6/21 – The Cobalt (Vancouver, BC, USA)

6/22 – Holocene (Portland, OR, USA)

6/24 – Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

6/25 – Larimer Lounge (Denver, CO, USA)

6/27 – 7th St Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

6/28 – Bottom Lounge (Chicago, IL, USA)

6/29 – Double Happiness (Columbus, OH, USA)

6/30 – Mahall’s (Lakewood, OH, USA)

7/1 – El Club (Detroit, MI, USA)

7/2 – Velvet Underground (Toronto, ON, Canada)

7/4 – Bar Le Ritz PDB (Montreal, QC, Canada)

7/5 – The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA, USA)

7/6 – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

7/7 – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY, USA)

7/8 – Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

7/27 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (Halifax, NS, USA)

7/28 – State Theatre (Portland, ME, USA)

7/29 – Town Ballroom (Buffalo, NY, USA)

7/31 – House of Blues (Cleveland, OH, USA)

8/2 – Madison Theater (Covington, KY, USA)