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The ShortListen: The Japanese House (no. 190)

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Dave Fawbert
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Who? The Japanese House

What’s the story? A second track from the forthcoming second EP (entitled Clean) by The Japanese House - aka 19-year-old Amber Bain, and it showcases a more strident side to her talents. She's working with the 1975's frontman Matthew Healy and drummer George Daniel, and their influence is far clearer on this track than on previous ones, with lovely chiming and rhythmic guitar work and some nicely sparse, yet impactful drumming. Vocally, Bain lets go a little more than on previous tracks, both in terms of performance and lyrics ("I know she loves me through thick and thin"); this is all rather beautiful.

For fans of: The Album Leaf, The 1975

In three words: Blissful dream pop

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Dave Fawbert

ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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