Flying too far below too many people’s radars this year, Soft Sounds From Another Planet—the stunner of a sophomore album by Japanese Breakfast, the stage moniker for Michelle Zauner—is one of 2017’s finest song suites, replete with a generous helping of the most melodic melancholia you’re bound to hear this year, or any year for that matter. One of the supreme standouts on the standout-rich LP is the wistful “The Body Is A Blade,” an inspiring ode to perseverance in the face of tragedy, informed by the passing of Zauner’s mother.
“This song is about trying to figure out how to be a good person after something really terrible happens in your life,” Zauner explained to NPR back in July. “It's about disassociating from trauma and relying on your body to physically keep pushing forward in an attempt to survive. I guess I was begging myself to not to fall into a deep depression after my mom died. You're alive, you have to keep moving.”
Directed by Zauner herself, the single’s just-released video serves as a stirring homage to her mother and the connection they shared, as punctuated by the old family photographs incorporated throughout.