Michelle Zauner, who records under the alias Japanese Breakfast, has released a new song, “Savage Good Boy,” accompanied by a self-directed music video starring Michael Imperioli.
In the video, Imperioli plays poker with Zauner until she bites the “Sopranos” star in the neck and leaves him bleeding out.
“‘Savage Good Boy’ came from a headline I read about billionaires buying bunkers,” Zauner said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I was interested in examining that specific type of villainy, and I found myself adopting the perspective of a rich man coaxing a young woman to come live with him underground, attempting to rationalize his almost impossible share of greed and miserliness.”
She continued, “I knew I wanted the music video to be a pretty literal interpretation of that idea. I wanted to juxtapose images of this post-apocalyptic, industrial bunker with the lightness and extravagance of rococo fashion and set design. Aiming for that balance, my cinematographer, Adam Kolodny, and I were really inspired by Chan Wook Park’s ‘The Handmaiden,’ Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’ and Sally Potter’s ‘Orlando.’”
Following “Be Sweet” and “Posing in Bondage,” “Savage Good Boy” is the third single from Zauner’s upcoming album “Jubilee,” out June 4 via Dead Oceans. Japanese Breakfast will also hit the road for a summer and fall tour, kicking off July 28 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Along with Alex Berg, Imperioli is currently developing a scripted HBO series, in which Imperioli will also star, described as a meta blend of fact and fiction based on the actor’s own experiences as a practicing Buddhist.
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