Watch Japanese Breakfast’s Energetic Performance of ‘Be Sweet’ on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

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Back in early March, Japanese Breakfast (the indie/rock project fronted by singer/songwriter Michelle Zauner) debuted “Be Sweet,” a catchy and undeniably 1980s-inspired indie/pop song with a stylized music video (directed by Zauner and co-starring Marisa Dabice from the band Mannequin Pussy) that pays tribute to extraterrestrial investigation-type TV shows such as The X-Files:

The rhythmic track is the first song released from a new Japanese Breakfast album titled Jubilee, which will be out on June 4 via Dead Oceans.

Monday night, the song was given its live debut for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and we’re happy to report the the rendition of the track by Zauner and her band included plenty of ’80s aesthetics, as well as an alien bartender(!):

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It’ll be the third full-length from Zauner, and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

As for the song, Zauner explained in a statement that its origin dates back a few years:

After spending the last five years writing about grief, I wanted our follow up to be about joy. For me, a third record should feel bombastic and so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one. I wrote ‘Be Sweet’ with Jack Tatum from Wild Nothing a few years ago. I’ve been holding onto it for so long and am so excited to finally put it out there.

Jubilee features ten new songs from Japanese Breakfast, and as evidenced by that quote above, its focus is on the positive. After all, the word “jubilee” is defined as “the celebration of a passage of time.” Her first two albums, conversely, were borne out of grief — Psychopomp came about as her mother underwent treatment for cancer, while Soft Sounds From Another Planet was rooted in her mother’s death and the grief she felt over her loss.

Here’s the track listing:

1. Paprika
2. Be Sweet
3. Kokomo, IN
4. Slide Tackle
5. Posing in Bondage
6. Sit
7. Savage Good Boy
8. In Hell
9. Tactics
10. Posing for Cars

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