The Japanese House
Pools To Bathe In


4.5
superb

Review

by dogsarefriendly USER (15 Reviews)
May 12th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 04/27/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: mesmerising

"Pools To Bathe In" is the utterly mesmerising debut EP from 19-year-old Londoner Amber Bain aka The Japanese House. There is a real air of mystery surrounding the artist, with very little information available online and only a handful of pictures of Bain herself, however this only adds to the alluring nature of the music. Her experimental sound fuses elements of electro-pop and folk, similar to James Blake, and Bon Iver’s self-titled second album. The EP is also reminiscent of some material from The 1975 (M.O.N.E.Y, Menswear, Head.Cars.Bending), namely due to Matty Healy and George Daniels of the band being credited as producers.

Her sudden rise to popularity came after the title track from the EP climbed high on online charts and made its way onto various blogs and articles. This track opens the EP, with pleasant acoustic guitar fading in alongside Bain’s gospelesque layered harmonies. Midway through, the track changes direction completely with a rumbling sucker-punch bass drop beneath chopped up vocals and glitchy electronics. The ebb and flow between calm and frantic is what makes this track so stimulating.

The third track “Still” is the best of the four, with stirring lyrics that sing of the prospect of rekindling a failed relationship and how difficult that can be when trying to heal the scars created first time around. The emotional depth adds a further dimension to the music, which takes this song above and beyond the others. There is a sense of desperation in Bain’s cries of “you’re all I’ve got” and it sends chills down the spine. Her lyrics and song writing ability show maturity beyond her years and a real connection can be made between listener and track.

It’s refreshing to see an artist rise to popularity simply due to the quality and diversity of the music, without any reliance on the singers appearance or image. It is also very promising to see this amount of talent in somebody so young and if you hadn’t of heard The Japanese House before this review, it was only a matter of time.



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dogsarefriendly
May 12th 2015


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LPNesOJ9KQ

Archelirion
May 12th 2015


5610 Comments


I think I'd like this more if it wasn't for the vocal effect she's put over everything she sings. Neat write up though, pos'd.

dogsarefriendly
May 12th 2015


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, dude. Personally I like the effect. Reminds me of Imogen Heap in Hide and Seek. but yeah you can tell her voice is good enough to hold up on its own without any effect. Would be awesome to hear stripped back versions.

Archelirion
May 12th 2015


5610 Comments


I think that's what's so frustrating for me is that I can hear that she does have a great voice. I can understand why you like the effect though.

PappyMason
May 13th 2015


5702 Comments


Nice write-up. Pos'.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2015


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Mostly anonymous, The Japanese House is apparently UK based 19 year old Amber Bain. Going by the modulated & layered vocals on debut EP 'Pools to Bathe In', it's tricky to tell if it's a male or female. In fact, it sounds similar to Matthew Healy from The 1975, who supposedly helped produce it. Either way, it's a fascinating 4 track EP that is ethereal, ambient & atmospheric in a rather captivating way. The electronic soundscapes are fairly minimal, yet The Japanese House aren't afraid to instil arresting bass drops, guitar or percussion. It feels far from a finished product, but there is definitely potential here. Recommended Tracks: Pools to Bathe In & Still.

LotusFlower
July 6th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vocals ruin this, tbh

treeqt.
July 6th 2015


16962 Comments


3.5 ruined

LotusFlower
July 6th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didnt even know I rated this, lol



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