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Japanese Breakfast reveals her third album to be released in 2021

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner has informed her Twitter followers to expect her third album some point in 2021.

Responding to a Pitchfork post on social media relating to a feature by the publication about the most highly anticipated releases in 2021, Zauner quoted the tweet and added, “LP3 coming”. Japanese Breakfast has still yet officially announced the record, but it has been close to four-years since she shared her last full-length effort, 2017’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

Zauner didn’t release any music under the Japanese Breakfast moniker in 2020, the last time she shared music came in 2019 when she released a glorious cover Tears For Fears ‘Head Over Heels’ and a new track, titled ‘Essentially’. Her creative energy has been primarily spent writing her memoir Crying in H Mart. The book is based on Zauner’s 2018 New Yorker essay and is out in April.

In a press release, Zauner said: “My mother passed away almost six years ago and ever since, my life has felt folded in half, divided into a before and after her death, my identity and my family having been fractured in the wake of her loss. I’ve spent the past six years processing grief in the best way I knew how-through creative work.

“I wrote two albums worth of material in an attempt to encapsulate all of that heavy darkness, confusion and loneliness, and then I spent another three years writing pages and pages to try and capture my mother’s brilliant character and spirit, what it was like to be raised by a Korean immigrant in a small west coast town with very little diversity, the intense shame I felt towards my mixed-race identity and how my embrace of Korean food and culture helped me come to terms with that upbringing, allowed me to reconnect with her memory.”

2021 is gearing up to potentially be a huge one for Zauner as she expresses herself with these two formats as she releases a new album and her memoir, Crying in H Mart. Anticipation is rife as Zauner plans to make up for the relative silence from Japanese Breakfast over the last couple of years.