The Japanese House is the solo project of London-based Amber Bain, 24, who has released music under this title since her debut EP in 2015. The name came from a trip Bain took to Devon where she posed as a boy for a week, earning the affection of a local girl who was heartbroken to find out her true identity, the cottage she stayed, owned by Kate Winslet was called the Japanese House. Bain used the name as her experiences at the cottage shaped the nature of her androgynous musical work.
Her debut 4-track EP of 2015 was praised highly by fans of Dirty Hit and he has released numerous singles through Dirty Hit Records since then but this has been her first full-length album with 13 tracks of dreamy electronica.
The album features fellow Dirty-hit band the 1975’s drummer Daniel and Bon Iver’s cabin in rural Wisconsin and signs of this level of talent are clear throughout the album. Single “Maybe You’re the Reason” is delicately catchy and dreamy showcasing Amber’s powerful songwriting. Another highlight is Lilo, accompanied by a poignant video featuring her ex-girlfriend Marika Hackman.
The sound is unique and shimmering dream pop something rather different for 2019: brilliantly honest songs, her most personal and vulnerable yet.
The Japanese House are currently touring the UK followed by North America. For more details check out Amber’s socials: