The Japanese House first burst onto the scene in 2015 with a rather exciting collaboration with The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel after they helped produce the epic EP Pools To Bathe In. Fast forward a year or so and several main support slots on both The 1975’s UK and US tours and with sell out headline tours of the UK, The Japanese House is truly proving herself in her own right, without the help of her Dirty Hit indie label companions.
The Japanese House, otherwise known as Amber Bain, will be blessing us with her latest offering in the form of an EP; I Saw You In A Dream, on June 27th. Taken from the record are I Saw You In A Dream, Somebody Found You and 3/3.
The title single I Saw You In A Dream is a light, upbeat alternative to the melancholic melodies of previous songs, no deep droning synths or echoing vocals, it is sort of hopeful. Which is weird to say considering the dark subject matter of the piece, about people drifting apart and changing, as people often do, alongside the bittersweet dream where nothing has changed. But of course you can’t help but love a dark subject matter when it is overlaid with sun-dappled harmonies and punchy percussion.
The second track, Somebody Found You, carries on from the lighter, summery laid-back dreamy pop which we saw from I Saw You In A Dream. It oozes pop sensibility and is a distinct move away from her heavy electronic beginning, instead pulling in acoustic aspects and lighter vocals. 3/3 is a jazzier creation, with slick production and electronic layers accompanied by a grooving bassline, making for great chilled yet slightly sombre material.
Although she has recently completed her headline tour of the UK, you can still catch her at many festivals across the country over the summer which, I promise from experience, is not worth missing!
Words by Lauren E. Hewitt