amber bain’s work as the japanese house has left an undeniable, lasting impression; it’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard any new music from the british songwriter, but both clean and pools to bathe in remain collections of songs that resonate deeply.
bain will break her prolonged silence with swim against the tide, her third ep, due out november 11th via dirty hit. lead single “face like thunder” checks any outwardly melancholic tendencies at the door, instead offering up what’s arguably the most pop-oriented, clear-eyed japanese house track to date. still, the listlessness of bain’s lyrics persists underneath pristine synths and crisp drum programming, with forlorn verses folding into nostalgic, yearning hooks. take a listen to “face like thunder” below.
amber bain has made a spectacular first impression in 2015. after releasing pools to bathe in, her debut ep as the japanese house, this past spring, bain returns with a follow-up, clean, out this friday via dirty hit records. her second ep already shows marked improvements as a songwriter and an increased confidence in her aesthetic, one that allows bain to carefully venture into the more dynamic realms explored in “cool blue.” on “sugar pill,” the forth and final cut off of clean, bain briefly strips down to sparse acoustic piano before ushering in a familiar palette of surging, agitated synth tones. but it’s the quick, flittering motifs popping out of the song’s rich texture that define its tone; their sudden absence underscores the abrupt turn in bain’s lyrics, when similes and metaphors for hollowness segue into a much more pointed depiction of isolation. take a listen to “sugar pill” below.
next friday amber bain will release clean, her second ep as the japanese house. after letting go of the ep’s namesake and the equally-stellar “cool blue,” bain has shared “letter by the water,” an emotive track that burns slowly with the fervor of the earliest japanese house recordings. click through to watch the music video via hunger tv, and take a listen to “letter by the water” below.
amber bain’s first ep as the japanese house was contemplative; its four tracks burn slow enough for bain’s heavily-processed, textured vocals to move through them purposefully, each syllable dictated for maximum effect. the london singer-songwriter has some pretty heavy co-signers in george daniel and matt healy from the 1975, and she’s already prepping her second release of the year. clean, due out november 6th via dirty hit, is another four-song ep, but it’s evident that bain has already further sharpened her focus. “cool blue,” the second single culled from clean, feels like a sonic breath of fresh air, shirking bain’s murky post-dub tendencies for shimmering guitar lines and comparatively clean vocals propelled by an ambitious tempo. take a listen to “cool blue” below.