The Japanese House / Clean

The Japanese House / <em>Clean</em>

I’m probably in the minority of people who’d categorize Amber Bain’s work as The Japanese House as dream-pop. She’s more commonly lumped in with electronica and/or indie-pop and reasonably so, but to my ears the way she uses electronic textures and processing to accent and enhance her songwriting along with her somnambulant vocals perfectly create the sensation of a waking dream – far more than any combination off of the shelf chorus and reverb pedal.

I only got on board with her 2019 full-length debut Good At Falling, but the upside of being a relative latecomer is that she had a prolific run of EPs leading up to it which, in the absence of any new material since 2020’s Chewing Cotton Wool EP – or even word of new material (Instagram silent since New Year’s Day, no Tweets since September 2020) – suffice to scratch the itch of hearing more.

The second of the three pre-Falling extended plays is Clean, from which all four songs were released as singles with videos.

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