Michelle Zauner wrote the debut Japanese Breakfast album in the weeks after her mother died of cancer, thinking she would quit music entirely once it was done. That wasn’t the case. When ‘Psychopomp’ was released to acclaim in 2016, she was forced to confront her grief. Zauner would find find herself reliving traumatic memories multiple times a day during interviews, trying to remain composed while discussing the most painful experience of her life.

Her sophomore album, ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’, is a transmutation of mourning, a reflection that turns back on the cosmos in search of healing. Over the course of 12 tracks, Zauner explores an expansive thematic universe, a cohesive outpouring of unlike parts structured to create a galaxy of her own design.

The sheer massiveness of the big room production on ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ introduces listeners to a new Japanese Breakfast. Zauner’s familiar, capacious voice will serve as their guide. Where ‘Psychopomp’ introduced the world to Japanese Breakfast, ‘Soft Sounds’ dives deeper. It builds space where there is none, and suggests that in the face of tragedy, we find ways to keep on living.

Tipped as one of Rolling Stone’s ’10 New Artists You Need to Know’ from mid-2016, Japanese Breakfast have more than lived up to the hype. Scorched are hugely excited to bring Zauner and the band over to Asia for the first time, as they ride a huge wave of popularity in the indie scene worldwide.