You probably know Michelle Zauner best for the introspective indie pop she makes as Japanese Breakfast but, last year, she let her writing skills be shown in an essay she penned for The New Yorker titled Crying in H Mart. Today, Zauner's announced that she’s signed a book deal to expand that piece into a full memoir of the same title to be released via Knopf.
According to a press release, “Crying in H Mart is Zauner’s story about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother too young, searching for identity in a hybrid culture, and finding a passion for her ancestry and Korean cooking as a way to heal and return to her roots in the wake of loss.”
Japanese Breakfast’s last album was 2017’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet. Watch her KEXP in-studio performance from last year below.
The new singles were recorded on a Tascam 4-Track as part of Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series
Before she’d go on stage for one of the most memorable sets of the 2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival, KEXP picked Zauner’s brain on touring, staying creative, her ventures into other visual mediums, and more.