Japanese Breakfast Takes A Lushful Toll On Beauty In Her Single “Boyish”

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

Admit it. We’ve all had those moments when people refused to give us their blessings/approval for how we looked. That’s right. How. We. Fucking. Looked. You’ll feel so low that you wouldn’t even think about sex because you’ve been crowned as Lord Uggo. Japanese Breakfast captures that moment of feeling ugly in her new single “Boyish.” Shedding her usual disco/electronic structures, she settles for airy vocals and hazy melancholia that captures the fragility of human psyche when it comes to one’s sexuality. “Boyish” steadily amplifies as you immerse into it further and explores the conflicting emotions we experience when other people cannot accept the way we are. In a way, you don’t give a fuck but at the same you kind of do – the track frames this mental exhaustion with lushful layers:

“Craig Hendrix [band member and the album’s co-producer] and I wanted to produce this sort of grandiose Roy Orbison-esque ballad. We wanted the chorus to have big arrangements, lots of harmonies and synth strings, to create a really sweeping, melancholic effect that mirrored the nature of the lyrics. The song is about jealousy and sexual incompetence. It’s about feeling ugly” shared Michelle Zauner, frontgal of Japanese Breakfast.

“Boyish” is from Japanese Breakfast’s upcoming album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, which will be out on July 14th. As of now, JB is on tour so go see her live:

North America 2017 tour

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)

Europe 2017 tour

10/23 – Blue Shell (Cologne, Germany)

10/25 – Badenhouse (Berlin, Germany)

11/2 – The Joker (Brighton, UK)

11/6 – Headrow House (Leeds, UK)

11/7 – The Dome Tufnell Park (London, UK)