The Japanese House performs in The Current studio

The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
Amber Bain aka The Japanese House performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • The Japanese House - Lilo (Live at The Current) 03:49
  • The Japanese House - Somebody You Found (Live at The Current) 03:31
  • The Japanese House - i saw you in a dream (Live at The Current) 03:32

As the Japanese House, Amber Bain has been crafting ethereal-sounding songs that just cut your heart to pieces. Her new album, Good At Falling, released on March 1 of this year. Ahead of a sold-out show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Bain and her touring bandmates, Cicely Cotton and Kamran Khan, stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

The music in the session is sonically different than the studio album. "I guess it's an acoustic version," Bain explains. "I have an electric guitar with lots of reverb on it; Kam has an acoustic guitar, and then we have three-part harmonies, and I also I have a harmony pedal, so there's a lot of harmony going on."

Bain's music has been described that moment before you fully wake up and you still kind of remember a dream. The music is also very emotional; the songs expose raw feelings that Bain is unafraid to explore. For example, Bain invited her ex-girlfriend to appear in the music video for "Lilo," a song that is about their breakup. "I don't recommend it," Bain says. "I don't regret doing it. It definitely kicked me back a few stages in terms of getting over the relationship because I was like 'Why did we break up again?' … The one that hurts the most means the most."

Although Bain lives in England, Good At Falling was recorded about 90 miles east of The Current, at Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire, Wis., with producer BJ Burton. " I was there for six weeks, just me and BJ," Bain says. "There were a lot of fun evenings spent round the fire outside. And I've never bonded with a cat befor, but I really bonded with Justin's cat, Flo.

"I felt like I was in a weird dream that entire time," Bain continues. "[Bon Iver's] first album came out when I was 11, and so I've been a massive fan. He's such an inspiration to me, so it was just kind of surreal being in his kitchen."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with The Japanese House.

Songs Performed


"Lilo"
"Somebody You Found"
"i saw you in a dream"
The first and third songs are from The Japanese House's 2019 album, Good at Falling; the second song appears on The Japanese House's 2017 Saw You in a Dream EP. Both are available on Dirty Hit.

Hosted by Jade
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

The Japanese House - official site

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    Cicely Cotton and Amber Bain of The Japanese House perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    The Japanese House's Cicely Cotton's keyboards in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    Kamran Khan of The Japanese House performs in The Current studio, Korn cap at the ready. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Effects pedals of The Japanese House's Kamran Khan, set up in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    Cicely Cotton and Amber Bain of The Japanese House in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    Amber Bain aka The Japanese House performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    The Japanese House perform in The Current studio; left to right: Cicely Cotton, Amber Bain and Kamran Khan. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    The Japanese House perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    Cicely Cotton and Amber Bain of The Japanese House in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    Amber Bain aka The Japanese House performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Japanese House perform in The Current studio
    The Japanese House sound-checking in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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