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Korea-born American music artist Michelle Zauner is the creative and emotional force behind Japanese Breakfast, a fast-rising indie project with an atmospheric dream pop sound that belies the deeply personal nature of Zauner's music. We get the Asian American indie icon to share with us the music that shaped her.
Michelle Zauner: Peach, Plum, Pear is a Joanna Newsom song that sort of taught me you don't have to have a specific kind of voice to be a successful musician. You can have a voice with tremendous character and people can still enjoy it.
Growing up I loved the song Carry the Zero by Built to Spill. It was the first song I learned how to play on the guitar!
I think one of the most significant encounters I had was the first time I heard Haenim by Kim Jung Mi. The song is written/produced by Shin Joo Hyun and was introduced to me by John from Gimbab records. This song is so epic and moving and later on I found out my mother and her sisters were big Shin Joo Hyun fans.
I love the song Race for the Prize by The Flaming Lips. It's so fun and always makes me feel inspired.
I think it depends from song to song. For a lot of my second album Soft Sounds From Another Planet I was influenced by The Flaming Lips and Grandaddy. Just really fun, big, songs with epic, imaginative production.
I personally love the Chrono Cross soundtrack! All the songs are amazing.
Björk is a huge inspiration. I've always admired her ability to craft completely different worlds album to album. She's in a complete league of her own.
I think Road Head is one of my favourites. It's the sort of direction I'm most excited to explore on the next LP.
I think Boyish is a nice introduction!