FEATURING NEW VERSIONS OF SONGS FROM HER SECOND LP IN THE END IT ALWAYS DOES AND A COVER OF ABBA’S SUPER TROUPER
UK TOUR // MAY 2024 // ON SALE NOW
PRAISE FOR IN THE END IT ALWAYS DOES
“It cools and shimmers its way through a delicious range of nuanced moods and subtly layered musical ideas” THE INDEPENDENT 5*
“A record of uplifting joy stemming from life’s setbacks, heartbreaks and hurdles” DORK 5*
“Amber Bain has an eye for the details that the rest of us forget the moment they are out of the field of vision” THE i 4*
“If there’s one thing that the second Japanese House album reaffirms, it’s that the artist never surrenders any less than her whole self to the process” NME 4*
“A magnum opus of love, heartbreak and genuine pop perfection” CLASH 8/10
“Some of Bain’s most sincere songwriting” GIGWISE 8/10
THE JAPANESE HOUSE has released ITEIAD SESSIONS, a collection of live versions of songs from her acclaimed second album, In The End It Always Does, out now via Dirty Hit. The release arrives shortly after the announcement of her headline UK tour in May 2024.
The Japanese House 2024 UK tour will see her play her biggest headline show to date at London Roundhouse as well as nights in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester. The dates follow her sold out UK and North America headline tours this year.
It’s been almost a decade since Amber Bain’s break out in 2015, back when The Japanese House was a mysterious unidentified figure shrouded in reverb. These days, though, Bain’s sound and style is characteristically wide open with her vulnerabilities, thoughts and innermost feelings stitched into a tapestry of gorgeous, elevated pop music.
Much of In The End It Aways Does lives in the contradictory: beginnings and endings, obsession and mundanity, falling in love and falling apart. Written during a creative burst at the end of 2021, the album is primarily inspired by the events preceding it – including Bain’s first time moving to Margate, being in a throuple and the slow dissolution of those relationships. “[These two people] were together for six years and I met them, and we all fell in love at the same time – and then one of them left,” Bain remembers. “It was a ridiculously exciting start to a relationship. It was this high; and then suddenly I’m in this really domestic thing, and it’s not like there was other stuff going on – it was lockdown.” The album came together just as that chapter in her life was falling apart, with each song almost acting as a snapshot in time.
Four years after her widely celebrated debut Good At Falling, this album sees Bain lean even further into the pop realm – with help from Matty Healy and George Daniel from The 1975, Katie Gavin from MUNA and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon among others. Bain credits Gavin especially with injecting her with creative energy and inspiration throughout.
The album also sees Bain work alongside producer and engineer Chloe Kraemer (Rex Orange County, Lava La Rue, Glass Animals), an experience she describes as “life changing” due to the unspoken, shared understanding between marginalised genders in a creative space. “I’d never worked with a woman or queer person in that way before,” says Bain. “It’s nice to have someone who completely understands your standpoint and shared experience. Also, I say ‘she’ in every song … so it’s important that someone understands that.”
Amber Bain has released music under the pseudonym The Japanese House since 2015 and shared her debut album Good At Falling in 2019. Since her emergence, The Japanese House has received industry-wide acclaim from The Guardian (“it feels like a refreshing splash of cold water on tear-stained cheeks”) Sunday Times Culture (“stunning”) Pitchfork, i-D, VICE, NME, GQ, Interview Magazine, BBC Radio One and more.