Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #338 / 926
User Score
Based on 300 ratings
2016 Ratings: #175
Liked by 9 people
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Yellow K / Label
Indie Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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Loud and Quiet

‘Psychopomp’ showcases an exceptionally powerful talent in Michelle Zauner, on a superbly made debut that’s fizzy and thrilling, deeply reflective, and consistently compelling.


At once cosmically huge and acutely personal, Zauner captures grief for the perversely intimate yet overwhelming pain it is.

Consequence of Sound

Psychopomp is round and full, yet still light. Sure, it may have been smarter to crank out hits instead of inserting a few filler tracks, but at least she focuses on fullness over cheap melodies.

The Line of Best Fit

Psychopomp is short but substantial, a collection of smart, steamy pop with intelligence and bite.


Zauner's songs don't need dressing up; time and again she and Eisenberg make the right choices that allow the melodies to breathe and the emotions to flow unhindered by artifice. Psychopomp is an impressive work by an artist well worth watching in the future.


The album is short at under 35 minutes, but it finishes leaving us satisfied with the cocktails of electronic, garage rock and lyrical vocals that it has served up.


Psychopomp is a 25-minute-long dream-pop album that feels like much more: a sharp-edged exploration of how loneliness and longing form into brittle personal shields.

Examining grief, love, relationships, and alienation, Psychopomp is sonic and lyrical gold. Though the tracklist is lighter than I would’ve liked, the songs that the LP does have at its disposal ensnare the listener in their wit, joy, and gloom; all mixed together. I’m very happy with this one.

The Woman That Loves You:
Rugged Country
Everybody Wants To Love You
Triple 7

Bonus Cover Review:
Uniquely captivating, especially with context.
I've tried to write a "review" of this so many times and deleted it every time, so oh well. I love this tiny album. It's honest and it's beautiful. It reminds me of myself.

Fave tracks: The Woman That Loves You, Heft, Triple 7
Recorded after the death of her mother, Japanese Breakfast’s debut album Psychopomp—though quite sad—is a lovely little record, clocking in at just 25 minutes.

Right off the bat, my biggest criticism of the record has to do with the recording quality and the mixing—in her memoir she states that the album was recorded in two weeks in a “bedroom studio”. By no means is the recording quality bad, but it is the weakest aspect of the record. That being said, I ... read more
rough around the edges, nice and breezy indie pop. it doesn't always engage me, but its something i can put on during the summer for sure. something i could probably turn my brain off to.

Favorites: Triple 7, Rugged Country, Jane Cum, Everybody Wants to Love You, In Heaven
Least Favorite: Moon on the Bath
there are some albums that are impossible to rate because they are so much a part of us. For me Psychopomp is one of them

(Fav song: Jane Cum)
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Added on: February 16, 2016