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Japanese Breakfast

b. 1989 | ORIGIN: UNITED STATES

Japanese Breakfast is the solo musical project of American musician Michelle Zauner (born March 29, 1989). Under the alias, Zauner has released two studio albums: Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017), with a third, Jubilee, announced for release in June 2021.

Michelle Zauner was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her family moved to Eugene, Oregon when she was nine months old. Before Japanese Breakfast, Zauner fronted a solo project under the moniker Little Girl, Big Spoon. As a student at Bryn Mawr College, Zauner fronted Post Post, an indie pop band with other students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. Later, she started the Philadelphian emo band Little Big League. Zauner fronted the band between 2011 and 2014, before returning to her hometown of Eugene, Oregon in 2013 as her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

While in Oregon with her family, Zauner began recording solo music. She described the project as having much more to say after Tropical Jinx, the 2014 studio album by Little Big League. Originally Zauner began to record samples of music as a meditative exercise and "instant gratification"

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