Japanese Breakfast Brings Saturday Night ‘Jubilee’ to Brooklyn Steel [Photos]

Japanese Breakfast Brings Saturday Night ‘Jubilee’ to Brooklyn Steel [Photos]


In addition to selling four nights in a row at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY this weekend, Michelle zauner of Japanese breakfast had a landmark year. In fact, it’s hard to imagine an artist who had a more prolific year than Zauner’s in 2021.

Before releasing their critically acclaimed third album, Jubilee, in June, Zauner had already been widely acclaimed as an author with the release in April of his New York Times successful memory, Crying in H Mart. Additionally, Zauner composed and released a 32-track score for the video game. Sable, which saw a release in September. Seeing Japanese Breakfast perform in 2021 is seeing an artist perform at the top of her game, but that’s just one of the games she’s at the top of.

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“How does it feel to stand at the peak of your power?” Zauner asked on “Paprika,” the Saturday night opening song for Japanese Breakfast at Brooklyn Steel. This is a good question to ask if you have a year like Zauner’s.

“Paprika” is also the opening track of Jubilee, and while much of Japanese Breakfast’s first two albums examine the grief in Zauner’s personal life – the same grief that Zauner details in his memoir –Jubilee sees Zauner aiming for joy. This joy was palpable at every stop of Japanese Breakfast’s Saturday set, especially during “Paprika”, when Zauner reveled in his ecstatic words between two massive blasts of the gong.

Many more happy moments came throughout the set. Zauner beamed through a blanket of Dolly partonfrom “Here You Come Again”, which was perfectly derived from “Kokomo, IN”, a twangy, Wilco-inspired Jubilee Track. Later in the set, a rendition of fan favorite “Road Head” saw the band give the ambient loop-based track a revamp of instrumentation – with a brass trio, vocal sampler, and bass so heavy. that they might’ve been 808s-for an extended jam.

Even darker moments of the shoot were tinged with not-so-hidden joys. The alchemy on stage of Zauner and her husband / companion Peter Bradley was evident, the two sharing knowing looks and performing several songs, including the painfully graceful “Till Death”, facing each other, playing on two keyboards.

Still, it was Zauner who stole his own show all along. After dazzling performances of “Slide Tackle” and “Everybody Wants to Love You” – with balloons falling from the Brooklyn Steel ceiling – Zauner returned to the stage to perform. Jubileethe closing track, “Posing for Cars”. A gripping meditation on intimacy, Zauner started the song alone before her bandmates joined her one by one – Bradley first – to build the song of the Delicacy into the devastating spectacle that it is, ending by a piercing guitar solo from Zauner. With lights dimmed over the group and balloons remaining at their feet, the encore had the privacy of a quiet end of a party, with only the closest friends left to pick up the balloons from the floor.

It was an almost fitting end (the band hadn’t finished before a jam on the shoegazey “Diving Woman”) to a set led by Zauner, an artist with an incredibly wide range of hit content to be celebrated in the haphazard way. to make music with loved ones.

Below, check out a gallery of images from the Japanese Breakfast performance at Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, courtesy of the photographer Chris Ritter.

Japanese Breakfast will continue its fall tour next week with several shows in Texas, including a Halloween show at Stubb Austin. After a series of shows in Arizona and California throughout November, Japanese Breakfast will take some time before heading to Europe in March 2022. here for a full list of tour dates, tickets and more information.


Corina C. Butler

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