+ Night Flowers
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Japanese Breakfast's 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet' is less of a concept album about space exploration so much as it is a mood board come to life. Over the course of 12 tracks, Michelle Zauner explores a sonic landscape of her own design, one that's big enough to contain her influences. There are songs on this album that recall the pathos of Roy Orbison’s ballads, while others could soundtrack a cinematic drive down one of Blade Runner's endless skyways. Zauner's voice is capacious; one moment she's serenading the past, the next she's robotically narrating a love story over sleek monochrome, her lyrics more pointed and personal than ever before. While 'Psychopomp' was a genre-spanning introduction to Japanese Breakfast, this visionary sophomore album launches the project to new heights.
It has been a whirlwind couple of years for transatlantic indie-pop quintet Night Flowers since these close friends from North England collided with Boston, Massachusetts born vocalist Sophia Pettit in London and began forming their irresistible brand of heart stirring, romantic pop.
A joyous combination of intertwining female/male vocals backed by glistening guitars and dreamlike atmospherics has seen them amass friends, fans and accolades across the world.
With their debut s/t EP and follow up single ‘Sleep’ selling out fast, last year saw a Japanese special EP and 2 track single ‘Glow in the Dark’ released in quick succession, gaining international acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit whilst enjoying repeat airplay and praise from Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6music show, with Radcliffe and Maconie, Sean Keaveney, Huw Stephens and John Kennedy all giving their on-air seal of approval.
Reaching out extensively across the UK, the band have honed an incendiary live show, gathering a loyal and solid fanbase in the process. They have appeared at Bestival, Kendal Calling, Beacons,Tramlines and Indietracks as well as Spanish festivals Lemonpop and Madrid Popfest and tours of Germany and Japan, sharing stages with such bands as Swervedriver, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Frankie & The Heartstrings amongst countless others.