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Japanese Breakfast with Ought
September 28 • 7:00 pm• $16
On Friday, September 28, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Japanese Breakfast to the WOW Hall along with special guests Ought.
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 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. Zauner found artistic solace removed from Earth, in outer space and science fiction. “I used the theme as a means to disassociate from trauma,” she explains. “Space used as a place of fantasy.” And yet, Soft Sounds From Another Planet isn’t a concept album. 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. With help from co-producer Craig Hendrix (who also co-produced Little Big League’s debut) and Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Tamaryn), who mixed the album, Zauner recontextualizes her bedroom pop beginnings, expanding and maturing her sound. 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.
After two critically acclaimed albums, 2014’s More Than Any Other Day and 2015’s Sun Coming Down, the Montreal quartet of Tim Darcy, Tim Keen, Matt May and Ben Stidworthy are supporting the release their third album. Stereogum called Ought’s third record and Merge debut Room Inside the World, “a rewarding new chapter… the album finds the band going in exciting new directions.”
Tickets are $16 in advance or at the door, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 7:30. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-68