Michelle Zauner’s indie-pop project Japanese Breakfast released their gorgeous sophomore LP Soft Sounds From Another Planet earlier this summer. She had originally set out to write a sci-fi concept album based on the Mars One project, but mostly abandoned the idea, except for “Machinist,” a futuristic, energetic, Auto-Tuned song about a doomed romance between a woman and a robot.
Today (Sept. 14), Zauner releases an online role playing video game titled Japanese BreakQuest, based on the aforementioned song, featuring 8-bit versions of the album as its soundtrack. In the role playing game, you play as J. Brekkie, a young woman in a spaceship who is infatuated with Machinist, a robot who asks her to pull apart the spaceship in order to help it come to life. She enlists the help of friends along the way to help her battle aliens to get all the necessary parts, along with appearances by former tourmate Jay Som and references to other bands that have been part of Zauner's life.
“My husband Peter Bradley made midi versions of the songs on Psychopomp as a fun project, which I ended up releasing as a bonus cassette,” Zauner tells Billboard. “That was the sort of impetus for the label to suggest I develop a browser game to go along with Soft Sounds From Another Planet, so we could showcase that sort of 8-bit sound in a fun way. You can hear all of the midi versions of the songs from Soft Sounds From Another Planet as you move from room to room.”