Album cover artwork for Japanese Breakfast with black vinyl record popping out“A third record should feel bombastic,” says Korean-American musician Michelle Zauner, better known by her moniker Japanese Breakfast.

Jubilee achieves this easily, favouring synth pop sonics that take Zauner’s sound to a completely new level. This isn’t to say that Japanese Breakfast’s sound isn’t still electrifying; just take the outro for the track Savage Good Boy, which sees Zauner applying a robotic effect to her vocal before it reaches its staggering apex. Swells of emotion are interspersed throughout the record, though perhaps the most striking moment is found on penultimate track Tactics, a song that speaks of romantic attachment as strings and a delicate keyboard tug at the heart strings.

Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast is out June4 via Dead Oceans/Inertia.

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