Japanese Breakfast has released her first new single in two years, "Essentially," which is for W Hotels' label W Records' singles series, and proceeds will benefit the ACLU. JB is the final artist in W Records' inaugural class, which also includes Amber Mark, Perfume Genius and Roosevelt.
The new song, "Essentially," was recorded in the W Sound Suite at W Bali, and it's the first time a completely original song was created for W Records. JB leader Michelle Zauner says, "I was originally going to record a different song but decided to write something on the fly once I arrived in Bali. I like the challenge of writing and arranging quickly and intuitively sometimes, and I had just bought a native instruments machine and wanted to explore a lot of the sample libraries it came with and work on the synths that were at the studio. It was a very idyllic place to work. I usually record in cold studios, so Bali was a pretty glamorous change. I felt so lucky the day I arrived just walking around the hotel." The song is very much in the '80s-style electronic dream pop realm that a lot of JB's best songs are, as you can hear for yourself below. JB has a second single for W Records on the way too.
Japanese Breakfast's last album was 2017's great Soft Sounds From Another Planet on Dead Oceans. Hopefully we'll find out about a followup soon.
JB also has a bunch of tour dates coming up, including a free SummerStage at Central Park show on June 24, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival, Red Rocks with Interpol, and more. All dates are listed below.
Japanese Breakfast -- 2019 Tour Dates
05/01/2019 Morrison, CO / Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Interpol, Car Seat Headrest, Sunflower Bean
05/02/2019 Norfolk, VA / The NorVa with Eternal Summers
05/03/2019 Asheville, NC / The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall with Eternal Summers
05/04/2019 Atlanta, GA / Shaky Knees Festival
05/05/2019 Carrboro, NC / Cat's Cradle with Ex Hex, Eternal Summers
05/06/2019 Charlottesville, VA / The Southern with Eternal Summers
05/10/2019 Mayer, AZ / FORM: Arcosanti
05/11/2019 Mayer, AZ / FORM: Arcosanti
05/12/2019 Mayer, AZ / FORM: Arcosanti
05/13/2019 Singapore, / Esplanade Annexe Studio with SOBS
05/15/2019 Jakarta, ID / Rossi Music
05/16/2019 Krung Thep Maha Nakhon , Thailand / Rockademy
05/18/2019 Makati Manila, / The Rest Is Noise
05/22/2019 Tokyo, / WWW X
05/24/2019 Taipei, TW / The Wall
05/27/2019 Seoul, / Hongdae Muv Hall
06/19/2019 Calgary, AB / Sled Island Festival - The Legion
06/23/2019 San Francisco, CA / Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
06/24/2019 New York, NY / SummerStage, Central Park with House of Nod
07/26/2019 Camden, NJ / XPoNential Music Festival - BB&T Center
08/02/2019 Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza Music Festival
08/23/2019 Portland, OR / Crystal Ballroom
08/24/2019 Port Townsend, WA / Thing
08/25/2019 Port Townsend, WA / Thing