The cool, calm, melodic sounds of 20-year-old Londoner Amber Bain may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you read the name ‘The Japanese House’, but it really should be.
There’s little information about The Japanese House outside of her website, socials and SoundCloud, but her enchanting vocoder harmonies mean her tranquil and calm nature isn’t all that far removed from the traditional Japanese House images you’ll find on Google.
Apparently, it was only after Zane Lowe named Still as his last ever ‘Hottest Record’ in March of 2015 did anyone outside Amber Bain’s circle of friends really get to hear the serene electronic sounds that she has been producing since her teens. From a recent trip to Australia it seems that Amber’s Imogen Heap-like vocals, and dreamy electronic vibes are resonating across the globe, as her single Cool Blue was a constant feature on radio there – and it really is the perfect chilled out summer tune.
We were lucky enough to get a bit of a sneak preview a few months back when they appeared at an ill-fated gig in Dalston, which struggled to get off the ground due to malfunctioning electronics at the venue. Even with the plethora of issues that seemed to be occurring on this night, I was supremely impressed with the way Amber’s vocals stood out against a background of electro-noise that was caused due to equipment issues.
Since then I’ve been even more interested in how The Japanese House came about, and where they are heading. It was utter joy when they announced tour dates for later this month – their biggest ever UK tour!
If you’re in the mood for some mid-winter chill out vibes, then this is the tour for you. Check out Ticketmaster.co.uk for full tour details.