Michelle Zauner is best known as the lead singer of indie rock band Japanese Breakfast, and like most musicians, she tries to tell a personal story through her music. But she’s spent the last two years composing music that has nothing to do with her – for a video game soundtrack.
Sable is an adventure game that follows a young heroine traveling through a desert planet to return to her nomadic family.
“I really like the idea of pushing myself as a songwriter and producer to take on something like this on my own,” Zauner told NPR.
Zauner explains the thematic inspirations behind her choices for the soundtrack and how her work on it led her to write “perhaps the most beautiful song” she has ever written on.
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