Today, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast and Gabrielle Smith of Eskimeaux have announced a joint solo tour. The east coast tour will take place in December.
14 December – Washington DC at Comet Ping Pong
15 December – Philadelphia PA at First Unitarian Church (Chapel)
16 December – Brooklyn, NY at Shea Stadium
17 December – Providence, RI at Columbus Theater
18 December – Boston, MA at Middle East Upstairs (Matinée)
About Japanese Breakfast:
A side project from her work as front woman of Philadelphia indie punk band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner released a tape in June 2013 under the solo moniker Japanese Breakfast. The tape was titled June and boasted thirty tracks written and recorded every day of the month. A stark deviation from Little Big League’s guitar- based indie rock, it showcased Zauner’s dark lyrics, unique vocals and inherent knack for pop melody.
Two bedroom pop cassettes later, Japanese Breakfast returns with its first full- fledged LP and vinyl release, Psychopomp. The album explores Zauner’s experimental interests and hosts a wide range of sound: jarring anime samples, minimalist ballads, rhythms and synths reminiscent of Tango in the Night-era Fleetwood Mac paired with the moody intimacy of Mount Eerie. After the foundation of the album was built, Zauner enlisted Ned Eisenberg to coproduce and embellish the record. Eisenberg helped with the mixing and production of the album. Psychopomp revisits and revamps lo-fi tracks and adds chilling new songs to fall in love with.
Eskimeaux is the recording project of songwriter and producer Gabrielle Smith. The project began in 2007 as an outlet for Smith’s experimental and noisy home-recordings. In 2011, Smith formed The Epoch collective with several other Brooklyn-based songwriters and artists, and began developing her sound over the years into the realm of more structured pop songwriting. Smith released her full-length album, O.K., on Double Double Whammy in 2015. O.K. received wide critical acclaim, being called the #1 record of the year by the U.K. blog GoldFlakePaint, and was featured in NPR’s All Songs Considered’s Top 10 albums of 2015.
Eskimeaux’s latest recording, Year of the Rabbit, advances Smith’s sound further; the collection of songs was recorded mostly live by Emily Sprague and Felix Walworth, two fellow members of the Epoch, in their home studio in Brooklyn. The record is the first to showcase the sound of Eskimeaux’s live band as its primary sonic touchstone, replacing the highly produced and overdubbed sound of Smith’s earlier records with a more immediate, naturally produced sound.