Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Japanese House: New Music Alert

For fans of: The Aces, No Rome, flor

Ladies, gentlemen, all my non-binary folk: The Japanese House has released new music. And let me tell you, The Japanese House gets better and better the more they release. So let’s dive right in, shall we?

The Japanese House is a solo-act with mastery over guitar, synthesizer and keyboard, not to mention having a voice, androgynous and hypnotic, likened to that of Imogen Heap and Victoria LeGrand. Their newest EP ‘Chewing Cotton Wool’ has now been rounded out with the addition of two songs, one featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Amber Bain (the creator and non-binary bad-ass) has been an inspiration for their fans, not only musically, but also in being so open with their non-conformity to traditional gender norms, their struggles with gender and identity, as well as queer love and expression. All in all, I think we can agree they’re pretty dang cool.

The first song on this, now-complete, EP is ‘Sharing Beds’. This song leads in with melancholy piano, perfect for the topic of coming to the end of a relationship; in come Bain’s soothingly androgynous vocals. You can hear the emotion in this one. This song feels personal, but even for all its various specifics, I relate to it, as I’m sure will you. For a song that’s a little less than two minutes, it was built to be an opener for the EP but doesn’t carry any less emotional weight.

The second new release is ‘Dionne’ featuring Justin Vernon. Man alive this song is good. For anyone that knows me, I am a sucker for good lyrics, that’s what I listen for first. This song has got them; heart-wrenching, honest, vulnerable, and most of all relatable. Not to mention that on top of that you have an amazing musical soundscape created to back all of this up AND Justin Vernon’s amazing vocals on the chorus. Please go listen to this.

The ‘Chewing Cotton Wool’ EP – it’s a must-listen, that’s all I have to say really, you can thank me later.

 - Chloe Boehm



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