Japanese Breakfast drop new single 'Be Sweet' + announce new album, Jubilee

It's the first new music we've heard from Michelle Zauner since 2017's Soft Sounds From Another Planet.
Posted: 2 March 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Japanese Breakfast, the project of Michelle Zauner, have dropped details of new album Jubilee out 21st June via Dead Oceans. News of the album comes alongside the lead single 'Be Sweet', co-written with Wild Nothing and complete with a self-directed music video from Zauner herself. 

It's the first new music we've heard from Zauner since 2017's Soft Sounds From Another Planet, since Zauner turned her attentions towards her novel after the passing of her mother. 

Japanese Breakfast's first two albums were preoccupied with anguish given the circumstances after Zauner's mother was initially diagnosed with cancer, to which she later succumbed. Jubilee, in contrast, sees her grasp at happiness with 'Be Sweet' drawing inspiration from glossy disco-pop. 

Talking about her new album's lead single, Zauner says: "After spending the last five years writing about grief, I wanted our follow up to be about joy. For me, a third record should feel bombastic and so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one. I wrote ‘Be Sweet’ with Jack Tatum from Wild Nothing a few years ago. I’ve been holding onto it for so long and am so excited to finally put it out there.”

From the off, it sounds like an optimistic new chapter. Check out the track and accompanying video below: 

Jubilee is out on 21st June via Dead Oceans. To hear more from Japanese Breakfast, click here.

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