The Japanese House is an indie pop one-piece from Buckinghamshire, consisting of musical artist Amber Bain. Bain writes the vocals, plays the guitar, and adds synths and keys to her mesmerizing, dreamy sounding tracks. She released her newest EP last week, Saw You In A Dream, and it’s beautiful.
The first track of this EP, Saw You In A Dream, appropriately has a very dreamy atmosphere to it. In addition, it has an interesting chord progression and some absolutely incredible vocal harmonies. After listening to this EP in its entirety, I believe it’s through her vocal harmonies that Bain’s musicality really shines the brightest. That being said, there are many other beautiful sounds hidden throughout this song, some very pleasant synths, vocal effects, and chill drums.
The second track, Somebody You Found, begins with some beautiful vocal harmonies once again. This song, along with the vibe of the rest of the EP, carries a very beachy feeling, from the steel drum sounding guitar effects placed in the background to the acoustic guitar chords plucked throughout.
The next rack, 3/3, has some of the most interesting sounds on this EP. With a heavier bass synth paired expertly with some very dissonant vocal harmonies and flute sounding synths, this piece is absolutely incredible. There are also some extremely well-placed and very simple guitar riffs that complement the melody line. In addition, I noticed some electronic drum hits tucked away in the background that add so much to this piece in a very subtle way. With this much attention to detail, this is without a doubt one of my favorite tracks on the EP.
The final track, Count To Nine, is a nine-minute song consisting of many different sections. It opens as an instrumental piece, with an accordion-sounding synth mixed with a very pretty melody line. It then changes into an acoustic guitar before the vocals come in, again with some very beautiful vocal harmonies. As the drum comes in, the song continues to progress. Just over halfway through the song, the chord progression begins to morph and sound more intense. The timing is impeccable, because just as I was beginning to lose interest in the song, more was thrown my way and there were some stark changes. These kinds of delicate adjustments could only have been done by an expert musician.
While this EP is short, it’s extremely well put-together. It’s cohesive and maintains a consistent vibe throughout every song. This feeling is so strong that it would be very easy to listen to this from beginning to end and think it’s just one really long song, which is by no means a bad thing. In fact it shows truly how musical Bain is through her attention to very subtle details, something I’m quite fond of in music. Definitely check out this EP- you will not be disappointed.