Michelle Zauner’s second album as Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds from Another Planet,
played out in front of sci-fi sets and outer-space daydreams. The album’s lead single, “Machinist”—a story about a woman falling in love with a machine told through Auto-Tune and whispers—was so detached from everyday reality that Zauner turned it into its own indie rock-referencing video game, Japanese BreakQuest.
Now Zauner is returning to gaming, providing the soundtrack for a forthcoming PC game called Sable
. Judging by the game’s first trailer, it’ll be an entirely different creature.
Described by its creators Shedworks as “a coming-of-age tale of discovery through exploration across a strikingly rendered open world desert,” Sable seems like a vast role-playing game. The 90-second trailer is soft and ambient, following the title character through pastel-colored caves and sparsely populated deserts. A new Japanese Breakfast song called “Glider,” a more impressionistic and synthetic take on Zauner’s pop, soundtracks the clip. You can watch it all at the top of the page.