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Single Review: The Japanese House – Lilo
The Japanese House's latest single is as beautifully ethereal as we've come to expect from Amber Bain's synth-pop project, Naomi Bruneel reviews
After the much-anticipated wait, The Japanese House has finally released new single ‘Lilo’. Amber Bain, the musician at the heart of the synth-pop act, released the EP, Saw You In a Dream, last June, leaving fans yearning for over a year. Yet, the buzzing excitement became more gripping once Bain began to countdown on social media, feeding her Twitter fans with hazy, deadpan images up until the release.
“The peaceful serenity of Bain’s synthesised magic physicalises the nebulous subject of drifting in and out of love
Bain gave a personal insight into the depths of ‘Lilo’ by stating that ‘It is a reminder to me that I am good at falling in love and I can survive falling out of it’, hinting towards her relationship with Marika Hackman. There is underlining ambiguity as to whether Bain is seeking refuge in another person (perhaps after breaking away from Hackman) or whether the single is a touching tribute to their time spent together. The single’s central theme of love extends to the warmth of friendship, for Bain states that the lyrics for ‘Lilo’ were inspired by her best friend encouraging her into a new relationship: ‘Gemma told me that she met someone / It was the person I’d been counting on’. The peaceful serenity of Bain’s synthesised magic physicalises the nebulous subject of drifting in and out of love. With eyes closed and earphones in, The Japanese House truly has us ‘floating like a lilo’.
'Lilo' is available now via Dirty Hit. The Japanese House tours in November. Tickets are available here.