Single Review – The Japanese House – 3/3

Amber Bain aka Japanese House release’s reflective third track ‘3/3’ from forthcoming EP ‘Saw You In A Dream’, set for release June 27th via Dirty Hit/Interscope. Following ‘Somebody You Found’ and title track ‘Saw You In A Dream’, with its simple but beautifully captivating video, ‘3/3’ paints the picture of losing yourself to the numbness of autopilot behaviour, despite being steeped in a disheartened air of indifference, ‘3/3’ is a gently soothing tale of fragility within an unsure relationship. Guitar chords are laced with sporadic synth to create a hazy, fluctuating wave of emotion within a tranquil atmosphere that sends you drifting into Bain’s subtle world of lucid dreaming sure to entrance her; Latitude, Lollapalooza and Reading and Leeds audiences. 
Hayley Miller

Single Review – The Japanese House – Saw You In A Dream

After supporting label mates The 1975 on their UK arena tour, following the release of 2016 EP ‘Swim Against The Tide’, Japanese House (aka Amber Bain) returned to the studio to begin work on her fourth EP, due for release June 16. And first taste ‘Saw You In A Dream’ suggests a return to the fuzzier sounds of her earlier releases. Not at all subtle in its heartbreaking lyric, the track features some somber subject matter as Bain describes a dream encounter with the visage of a passed friend. Though it would be wrong to say that this track is overly somber or depressing. Knife in the chest sadness is shielded by sleeping atmosphere Bain’s vocals creates. Grief is expertly mixed into a warm melody, supplied by simple instrumentation consisting of drifting guitars. With a song featured on ’13 Reasons Why’ and the anticipation of her latest releases as well as upcoming tour dates it seems Japanese House was one ‘BBC sound of’ nominee that they got right. 
Hayley Miller