The Japanese House
Good At Falling
Released in 2019
Reviewed March 13 2019
Amber Bain (aka The Japanese House) has been accused of over-production, and I can understand why. Something about the way this record sounds. As if musical ideas and their packaging don't align. As if the sound doesn't serve the music, but lives a life of its own. This is a solo album not only in the obvious sense (there's a single person behind it), but also in the more subtle one: When a person makes something on his/her own, the impulses can sometimes feel a little too uniform, resulting in a kind of flatness.
So do I hate this album? No way! I'm just trying to explain why I don't adore it when so many others do.