The Japanese House at St Lukes 18/11/18
Written by Music on 22nd November 2018
London-based ‘The Japanese House’ kicked off their 2018 tour in St Lukes, Glasgow, with support from ‘Art School Girlfriend.’ The brain behind The Japanese House – Amber Bain – blends dream pop and electronica together using guitars, synth, and percussion in this ambient solo-project four-piece. The Japanese House’s sound has been compared to the 1975, who’s stadium tour Bain supported in 2015.
Ethereal melodies are overlaid with moody harmonies and uplifting textural synth. The Japanese House created a calm, reflective and introspective vibe, which allowed the listener/audience member to get lost in the layers of melodic wanderings. Front-runner, Bain ‘s personable, thoughtful and down-to-earth presentation was well represented in both the music performed and introductions. This resulted in an intimate connection between audience and band.
In St Lukes, Bain performed a collection of cohesive singles spanning from 2015 track ‘Still’ to her latest release ‘Follow my Girl’ 2018. These have been released through label Dirty Hit, who signed Bain in 2015, after being spotted in videos online. Although admitting on stage that this was their first gig together in a long time, The Japanese House maintained their smooth sound and laid back flow that comes across on stage and in recordings.
This tour anticipates the release of their first debut album ‘Good at Falling’, out 1 March 2019.
Written by Orla Stevens