Japanese Breakfast has just dropped “Essentially,” her first new track in two years.
The sparkling new tune is filled with shiny, energetic synths, a catchy drumbeat, and frontwoman Michelle Zauner’s distinctive, calculated vocal lines. Not only is “Essentially” an urgent indie banger, but all proceeds from the upbeat bop will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.
“I was originally going to record a different song but decided to write something on the fly once I arrived in Bali,” Zauner explained in a statement. “I like the challenge of writing and arranging quickly and intuitively sometimes, and I had just bought a native instruments machine and wanted to explore a lot of the sample libraries it came with and work on the synths that were at the studio.”
Listen to “Essentially” below.