The new Sable trailer has a Japanese Breakfast song in its latest trailer. The new trailer is cut to an excerpt of ‘Better the Mask,” a soaring operatic tune with a bright but melancholic piano. The experimental dream pop sound has always graced Sable since its first showing at E3 2018, and every subsequent peek at the game has always been a sonic treat.
That’s because like the game itself, the soundtrack has long been in development by Michelle Zauner, the Korean-American musician who writes and performs under the Japanese Breakfast name. Zauner has actually been involved with the game since the earliest days of its development, before she hit peak fame with the albums Psychpomp and Soft Songs From Another Planet.
Sable follows the story of the titular character Sable, a young explorer from a vast desert world littered with remains of fallen spaceships who embarks upon her ‘Gliding,’ a rite of passage in which she travels across the sands in search of a mask that will help her define her identity and place in her clan. The game focuses on exploration and traversal, with no combat.
Regarding the making of the score, Zauner told Uproxx: “It’s the first project that I’ve been a cog. That sounds really reductive, but I really appreciate being a cog in the creative machine […] I just was so excited to contribute to someone else’s vision that I trusted. And to their credit, [Gregorios Kythreotis and Daniel Fineberg, the two-person team behind Sable developer Shedworks] were very supportive and pretty hands-off and just let me be creative.”
Earlier in the week before the reveal of the new Sable trailer, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest hosted a musical performance from Japanese Breakfast, where she performed ‘Glider’ while game footage was projected around her. It coincided with the announcement of a release date: September 23, 2021 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. It will also be launching day one on Xbox Game Pass.