Japanese Breakfast: Songs That Start With A Fade In Buro. Singapore Playlist #207

Get faded

Text: Michelle Zauner

Editor: Tracy Phillips

This playlist could be great in the morning when you're just waking up because most of these songs fade into something upbeat. We just released a song called "Essentially" and spent a long time constructing the fade in to that track. Fade ins are kind of rare, especially in the streaming age where people want music that cuts to the chase. Sometimes, I think a song has more power if it makes you wait!

All of these bands are some of my favourites that I listen to all the time. It's no wonder since we clearly all appreciate a good fade in! "Essentially" is our song we worked on while we were in Bali. I had been into the idea of starting a song with a fade in for a while, and I had just got a bunch of new VSTs and was having fun layering them into a big soundscape. A full day probably went into making that fade in.

"Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" by Spiritualized is the ultimate fade in song. It works perfectly in the song, which like the lyrics, has this overall feeling of floating in space. Last summer, we went on tour with Belle and Sebastian. This summer, they invited us to play on a cruise tour they're hosting called The Boaty Weekender. They're one of my favorite bands. I used to listen their songs like "Sleep the Clock Round" all the time when I worked at an office job. It was the only thing that got me through the day.

I got to see Future Islands perform "Aladdin" live in Australia in the winter of 2017. They are so good live. Their frontman is totally inspiring. I aspire to achieve that level of commitment to performance someday. "Love It If We Made It" by The 1975 is by far my favorite song that came out last year. It's no secret I'm a massive 1975 fan. Matty came to one of our shows in LA.

Rilo Kiley was one of my favorite bands in high school. Their songs like "The Execution of All Things" are so catchy. Jenny Lewis is probably one of my favorite lyricists of all time. I'd never heard of Cap'n Jazz until I moved to Philadelphia when I was 18. Then all of a sudden it seemed like every East Coast guy I met was super into this band. "Little League" was the first song of theirs I heard.

Michelle Zauner creates music under the name Japanese Breakfast, that has been described as indie and dream pop. Japanese Breakfast released their sophomore album Soft Sounds from Another Planet in 2017. Catch their first show in Singapore as part of Mosaic Festival. Besides being a musician, Zanier is a multi-disciplinary artist, video game composer (for Sable), music video director (Better Oblivion Community Center, Jay Som, Charly Bliss) and author (Crying in H Mart).

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