Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #325 / 878
User Score
Based on 230 ratings
2016 Ratings: #288
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.

on their first full length project, japanese breakfast releases a very easy to listen to and enjoyable set of tracks. coming from a, what seems to be to me, degrading dream pop scene, this LP was very refreshing, and reassuring to me that there is still more to be discovered in the genre. the singing and lyrics on this album were not too amazing; they were pretty run of the mill, but the instrumentation is what made me continue to listen. the strong guitar influence and minimal use of drums ... read more
psychopomp, or, as i like to call it, i only listened to this because of its title since i love anything mythology and afterlife related

favourites: Rugged Country, Everybody Wants to Love You
least favourites: The Woman That Loves You, Heft
This was okay, some pretty likeable indie rock music on here for sure, it just feels a little safe is all, the vocals are a tiny bit sketchy as well imo. I like the lyrics and grooves a lot for the most part, overall it isn't bad, but it's not anything I see myself replaying too much in the near future.
Love this record.
Pleasant, but too simple, dreampop.

Favorite Tracks: "Everybody Wants To Love You," "Triple 7"
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Track List

  1. Heaven
  2. Women That Loves You
  3. Rugged Country
  4. Everybody Wants to Love You
  5. Psychopomp
  6. Jane Cum
  7. Heft
  8. Moon on the Bath
  9. Triple 7
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Added on: February 16, 2016