Japanese Breakfast – Paprika

Michelle Zauner (a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast) just released her third album Jubilee. Itโ€™s lovely! I was immediately grabbed by the opening track, the rather bombastic โ€“ and brilliantly titled โ€“ Paprika. To me, itโ€™s the best song on the album. I love its marching band feel, and the strings and horn parts in the chorus. Itโ€™s both weird and wonderful.

In an interview with Stereogum, Zauner explains how the album, and this song in particular, came about. She explains: โ€œMy biggest fear for this record was that I didnโ€™t want to be the kind of artist that pivots to pop in this very obvious way. I think that as you grow as an indie musician, the logical step is to enter into that world and play bigger venues and have more mainstream music or whatever. So I was really inspired by the greatsโ€ฆ like Kate Bush. I think itโ€™s really amazing that sheโ€™s someone who has such massive appeal but is, like, the biggest freak and has the most surreal, bizarre lyrics and has this really strange, proggy instrumentation. So I was really influenced by Kate Bush on this record and leaned towards surreal lyrics a little bit more on Paprika.โ€

About the song title she says: โ€œI called it Paprika because it reminded me of this Susumu Hirasawa song called Parade thatโ€™s in the movieย Paprika. Thereโ€™s a big marching band and itโ€™s this really psychotic parade dream sequence, and so thatโ€™s why I called it Paprika.โ€

It may sound like a strange choice, but I think this would make a great single!

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