Single Spotlight: The Japanese House’s ‘Lilo’

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Its been over a year since we last heard from The Japanese House, whose youthful and ambient sound first hit the mainstream back in 2016 when they become Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1.

Fronted by 22 year-old singer and songwriter Amber Bain, the band signed with Dirty Hit Records, sharing company with such big name acts as The 1975 and Pale Waves. Since then, a string of EPs have charted their sonic progression into new and exciting territory, with tracks like ‘Saw you in a Dream’ and ‘Leon’ demonstrating Bain’s near-unrivalled mastery of catchy and innovative dreampop. Now she’s back with her new single ‘Lilo’ ahead of a UK tour that commences in November.

The track opens with a characteristically synthetic swell accompanied by flourishes of affected guitar. Drum pads offer some structure but the whole song maintains a remarkably relaxed tone: Bain’s layered vocals take on an almost ethereal quality, whilst their simple and repeating melody verges on hypnotic. The result is something at once heart-wrenching and uplifting.

The lyrics of the song seem to compliment this, exploring themes of lost love: ‘I needed someone to depend upon / I was alone, I was emotional’, Bain’s falsetto declares. However, in lieu of being sentimental, the track seems to be as much a celebration as anything else; a dedication to someone as blissful as a lilo in a swimming pool. ‘I’m a patient wave,’ closes Bain. ‘And it’s an easy ride.’

The Japanese House will play the O2 Academy 2 Newcastle on the 19th November. Find all dates and tickets here:


Last modified: 3rd October 2018

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