The Japanese House — the project of Amber Bain — has unveiled an iridescent sophomore album with the release of In The End It Always Does. She will also embark on a U.S. tour this fall with a stop scheduled for The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 20th.
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Like her debut album Good at Falling, the follow-up finds the artist contemplating the aftermath of a sundered relationship alongside the cyclical trials of heartache. But it also sees Bain embracing a far more radiantly kinetic pop energy as she tries to wrangle together lucent recollections of love found and lost.
In “Touching Yourself,” she mirrors the tender excitement of flirtatious sexting with a desperately lucid need for physical affection. Buoyant synth-pop makes a return on the shimmering and yearning “Boyhood,” guided by the tumble of twanging guitars and Bain’s lambent vocals.
Led by the electrifying thrum of strings and resounding drums, “Sad To Breathe” starts out as this devastating lament that turns jubilant as she looks back at a past heartbreak in order to remind herself that there is a way through the current one.
Bain is joined by MUNA on the warped but lush melancholy that floats from “Morning Pages” while the ecstatic tangle of electronics that bursts from “Friends” soundtrack questions about an exes friend’s reactions to the breakup. Other standouts on the album include the euphoric lament “Sunshine Baby” and the stunningly poetic outro of twinkling piano keys that is “One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones” which ends the album.
See The Japanese House at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 20th.
The Japanese House tour
November 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
November 2 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
November 4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
November 6 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
November 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
November 8 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
November 10 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
November 11 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
November 12 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
November 14 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
November 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
November 17 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
November 18 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
November 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
November 21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
November 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre
November 24 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
November 25 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
November 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot
November 28 – Denver, CO @Summit Music Hall
November 30 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
December 1 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
December 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fineline
December 3 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
December 5 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
December 6 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
December 8 – Montréal, QC @ Studio TD
December 9 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground – The Ballroom
December 10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
October 12 – Glasgow @ SWG3
October 14 – Newcastle @ Upon-Tyne – Newcastle University
October 15 – Manchester @ New Century
October 16 – Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
October 18 – Bristol @ The Trinity Centre
October 19 – Oxford @ O2 Academy Oxford
October 20 – Southampton @ 1865
October 22 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy Birmingham
October 23 – London @ Outernet
October 24 – Brighton @ CHALK
Words: Steven Ward
Listen to In The End It Always Does the new album from The Japanese House below!