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The Japanese House’s ‘We Talk all the Time’ is a dark horse in the world of lowkey bops

Long time, no see, everyone! Life has thrown me some curveballs in the last few months, but I’m BACK to talk about bops, which I think we can all agree is the primary agenda of this site so let’s skip ahead to the bit where I tell you to listen to stuff, yeah?

The Japanese House, aka 23-year-old Amber Bain, has made quite a name for herself in a short span of time. Signed to Dirty Hit Records and closely associated with The 1975 (she’s toured extensively with them, and produces much of her work with drummer George Daniel), Bain has amassed an impressive catalog of 4 EPs since her first release in 2015. Her debut full length album Good at Falling is set to drop on March 1st, and she’s been periodically trickling out anticipatory singles since last November.

Bain’s latest single, We Talk all the Time, was released February 4th with minimal press coverage, which is frankly a crying shame. Yes, this is her fourth single for an album that’s been anticipated for YEARS and yes, promotional singles released this close the album are often throwaways, but nothing could be farther from the truth here.

Some very Love It If We Made Itesque opening bars give way to perfectly layered vocal harmonies mixed seamlessly with a grounding bass and refreshingly blunt lyrics. Bain manages to slip the line “we don’t fuck anymore, but we talk all the time, so it’s fine” into a chorus so sonically sweet and peaceful that by the time you wonder if you heard her wrong, she’s already moved on. We Talk all the Time is the perfect embodiment of her musical style, tidied into a precisely arranged alt-pop package.

I hope this track picks up some more attention because I’ve found it more compelling than any single released so far (except Lilo, which is perfect). Collectively though, there’s no question that Bain’s last few releases have all been incredible, so keep your ears peeled in the coming weeks. With any luck, Good at Falling will live up to the hype.


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