The Japanese House reveals the first teaser of her upcoming fourth EP, ‘Saw You in a Dream’

5 months ago, Amber Bain  was playing some of the biggest and most impressive stages in the country, performing in front of unimaginably massive crowds as she opened The 1975’s sellout December arena tour. It’s now April, and following the release of ‘Swim Against the Tide’, her third EP in just over a year, The Japanese House (Bain’s brooding, yet divine dream pop alter-ego) is gearing up to take her breathtaking guitar-flecked indietronica on the road in preparation for the release of EP4…

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After a brief stint across the pond this spring, testing the metaphorical water, Bain, who’s since retreated home for some much welcomed studio time, yesterday (26/4) released the first track from her upcoming fourth EP, the aptly titled ‘Saw You in a Dream’. Featuring none other than The 1975’s very own rhythm maker, George Daniel, on drums, ‘ Saw You in a Dream’ points to a departure from the addictive synth pop that underpinned her last EP, and a return  to the fuzzy, guitar-led soundscapes of her earlier releases. It’s unmistakably JH, bittersweet vocal hooks enveloped in a wash of warm guitars and lush electronics, streaked with a gleaming pop sheen.

“I wrote a verse and a chorus for it about a year ago. Usually I write a verse or a chorus and then I just kind of force myself to finish it and sometimes it feels quite forced. But with this song I just waited until I felt I was in the right frame of mind to finish writing. And it worked, I’m more excited about this single than anything I’ve done before.”

– Amber Bain

Speaking of the song’s inspirations, it’s apparent that its upbeat chorus lines are at odds to its meaning. “It’s about someone I was really close with when I was younger. But a couple of years ago they died. A bit after that I saw them in this dream and it was quite a weird situation” says Amber in a recent interview with NME, but she remains affirmingly positive – “it’s still a love song – a heart-break song.”

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“I think the other songs are quite different – there’s quite a lot of different styles of writing going on there. It goes from slow mellow numbers (I know, that’s not like me!), to more groovy numbers with one featuring kinda hip-hop drums – I mean it’s not actually hip-hop, more of a Japanese House hip-hop if that’s even a thing?”

-Amber Bain

Disclosing a few tantalising details about the EP, Bain confirms a more guitar-oriented sound, provoked by her self-confessed relapse into guitar playing – “I think it’s because I’ve been touring and playing lots of guitar, so I’ve been getting back into writing on guitar which is nice because I haven’t done that for ages.”

With the addition of two new band members, and a “bigger” and “more live” sound, The Japanese House sets out on a nationwide UK tour this May, finishing with an absolutely massive London show at Camden’s KOKO. Support comes from London five-piece Babeheaven, and  Tamu Massif, the bedroom-pop project of Bristol native Dave Dixon. All dates can be found below, and you can buy tickets from Amber’s website here‘Saw You in a Dream’ is set for a June 16 release, and you can listen to the single on Spotify below:

The Japanese House May 2017 UK tour:


9, Academy 2, Oxford *

10, Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh *

11, Gorilla, Manchester ^*

12, Academy 2, Leicester ^*

13, O2 Institute 2, Birmingham ^*

15, Think Tank, Newcastle ^*

16, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham ^*

17, KOKO, London ^*

*Support from Tamu Massif

^Support from Babeheaven

Words by Joe Bulger

Featured image courtesy of Dork Magazine

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