SOMA brings Japanese Breakfast to Chronic Town
In their first big event of the new academic year, SOMA (Students Organizing the Multiple Arts) brought Japanese Breakfast, honeydiu, and APHRA to Chronic Town, Sept. 13, for a night of alternative rock and pop.
Finishing their five-week tour promoting their recently released “Soft Sounds From Another Planet” album, Japanese Breakfast (real name Michelle Zauner) let loose at Chronic Town for a special Friday the 13th performance. Joined by a small ensemble of musicians, Zauner performed tracks from her debut album “Psychopomp” alongside tracks from her new release.
While her recordings are often held back by bedroom-quality recordings and treble-heavy mixes, Zauner’s music leaped to life in a live context. With a rounder bass section and punchier drums, songs like “Road Head” and “Boyish” sounded fuller and more complete on the stage. It’s a great quality to have and makes for a unique concert experience.
Running through hits from “Sounds From Another Planet,” Zauner also reached back to 2016’s “Psychopomp” for more poppy material, like the upbeat “Everybody Wants To Love You.” Zauner ended the night with the forward-thinking “Machinist”, which mixes the heavy autotune and digital drums of electronic dance with her standard indie rock influences. Walking into the crowd to dance with them to the song’s instrumental outro, one could tell Zauner was just enjoying the night, glad to be finishing the tour on such a high note.
Opening for Japanese Breakfast was alternative R&B singer APHRA and dream-pop band honeydiu. The former clearly influenced by FKA Twigs and other futuristic R&B artists, her music oozed with unique drum loops and echoing vocals. honeydiu, comparatively, was all poppy guitar licks and bright timbres, filled with the hazy reverb of dream-pop. Ending their set with a quick statement of excitement to see Japanese Breakfast, you could tell honeydiu themselves were big fans, stoked to see Zauner live.
Check out “Soft Sounds From Another Planet” on streaming services and stay up to date with SOMA’s next events on Facebook.