Debut albums are rarely as devastating as Psychopomp, the first full-length release by Japanese Breakfast. Written two months after singer/songwriter Michelle Zauner’s mother died after a battle with cancer, Psychopomp is a lot to take in one sitting. It’s deeply personal and an almost real-time document of what it means to feel genuine grief and loss. It’s beautifully written, even catchy; some of its most heartbreaking songs, like standout “Heft,” are those that rock the hardest. It’s not hard to listen to, even if it is a lot to process.

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