Songwriter hits Lynch-ian stride on third solo album

If there is any doubt that Little Big League's Michelle Zauner can hold her own as a solo artist, her three albums under the name Japanese Breakfast prove the point. The latest, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, aptly describes the album itself. Spare and sometimes dark, Zauner's songs sound like they are bleeding into your dreams through your apartment walls. Washes of guitar reverb and cheap synthesizers serve to counterpoint Zauner's breathy vocals, both sexy and sad, and barely obscuring a darkness beneath the surface. David Lynch needs to take note, as Japanese Breakfast is a perfect fit to play the Roadhouse at the end of a “Twin Peaks” episode. (Safe bet)