PICS: The Japanese House at the Observatory North Park

The Japanese House settled in at the Observatory North Park recently for a night of serene dream-pop.

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The moniker of one Amber Bain, the Oct. 11 show marked the second time in 2019 that the group performed in San Diego, having previously played a sold-out show at House of Blues Voodoo Room in May.
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The 24-year-old Bain has released four EPs ("Pools to Bathe In," "Clean," "Swim Against the Tide," and "Saw You in a Dream") and one full-length album titled "Good at Falling" as the Japanese House since 2015.
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Bain has been closely linked with the 1975 from early on in her career -- she opened for them on her first tour and George Daniel (the band's drummer) helped co-produce "Good at Falling."
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In addition, she's also signed to Dirty Hit, a label run by 1975 frontman Matthew Healy and the band's manager Jamie Osborne (unsurprisingly, the 1975 is also on the label and resigned earlier this year).
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“When I heard Amber for the first time, I was like, 'The f--- is this?!'” Healy told Vulture in a 2018 interview. “It was some weird post-apocalyptic Alison Moyet. I said, 'How old is she? Is she a girl?' She was 17. She was gay. She had this line: 'I watched him kiss her and it felt so boring.' It wasn't like, 'Ooh quirky gayness,' or a woman 'taking control.' It was new.”
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After her debut album release this past March, the Japanese House dropped "The LA Sessions" EP in August featuring four live performances. Bain's next EP, titled "Something Has to Change," is due out next month.
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A recent, glowing GQ feature on Bain earlier this year reads in part: "Her debut LP 'Good At Falling' is staggering in its fluency and directness. It's the gentlest of revolutions, a sonic delight that lyrically details Bain's encounters with women. Some of the nuances are so particular to lesbian relationships that they don't often appear in mainstream culture. The closest analog might be the '00s sitcom 'The L Word.'"
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According to that GQ interview by Eve Barlow, her musical journey started early on: "She started writing songs at age 5 after her dad gifted her a ukulele. 'I was that annoying kid playing guitar in the playground,' she says. When she was 8, she started a Beatles covers band. At 9, she went to a studio to record her own material as a birthday present."
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Bain is a talented producer as well as a skilled multi-instrumentalist -- recording vocals, guitar, synthesizer and keyboards for her music.
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Fun trivia tidbit: The name "The Japanese House" was inspired by a vacation property in England (previously owned by the actress Kate Winslet) with furnishings reminiscent of traditional Japanese tea houses in which Bain and her family visited once during her childhood.
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As expected, the Oct. 11 show was phenomenal and Bain and her band put on a beautiful performance.
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Please come back to San Diego soon!
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