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Japanese Breakfast has a new video game, sings on new Giraffage song

Japanese Breakfast at Vic Theatre
Japanese Breakfast in Chicago in May (more by James Richards IV)

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) recently released her excellent Dead Oceans debut, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and now she has also released a browser-only RPG game, BreakQuest, soundtracked by the songs from that album. (Your move, PUP.) The game was inspired by “Machinist,” the auto-tuned robot love song that made it onto Soft Sounds from Japanese Breakfast’s abandoned sci-fi concept album. Here are more details, via Billboard:

In the role playing game, you play as J. Brekkie, a young woman in a spaceship who is infatuated with Machinist, a robot who asks her to pull apart the spaceship in order to help it come to life. She enlists the help of friends along the way to help her battle aliens to get all the necessary parts, along with appearances by former tourmate Jay Som and references to other bands that have been part of Zauner’s life.

…“The browser game is sort of an extension of the ‘Machinist’ music video I directed, that Adam Kolodny [cinematographer and frequent collaborator] and I sort of developed together,” [Michelle] says. “Making a browser game felt like another way to sort of extend the story. I worked closely with Elaine Fath, the developer, to have it make sense as a game. She was the one responsible for all of the gameplay, what steps you have to take to get through the end, as well as a large majority of the design.”

Play the game HERE.

As mentioned, Japanese Breakfast sings on the song “Maybes” off the upcoming Giraffage album, Too Real, and that song has now been released, along with an animated video. It’s got a galloping beat from Giraffage, and Michelle’s voice sounds perfect for this kind of stuff. Watch/listen below.

Giraffage’s tour with Sweater Beats includes a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Halloween (tickets).

Japanese Breakfast’s tour with Mannequin Pussy and Spirit of the Beehive also includes a show at that Brooklyn venue in October (10/12, tickets).

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