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A few months back, The Japanese House’s Still became Zane Lowe’s last-ever Hottest Record on Radio 1. It was a bold choice for the outgoing presenter; forgoing anything particularly mainstream, he’d instead chosen a record by an almost completely unknown outfit. It was a major event in the burgeoning career of the project’s mastermind, Amber Bain, kick-starting a momentous year for the 19 year-old Londoner.

Bain released two EPs last year, both co-produced by The 1975’s George Daniel and Matthew Healy. Don’t let that co-producing credit put you off though; The Japanese House’s sound is far from the overly-enthusiastic genre-hopping rock of her producers’ band. Instead, Bain crafted a distinctive vision of austere and crushing pop that moved between gothic muddiness and floaty, calypso vibes. Managing to combine her tropically-tinged guitar playing and the jagged synths, placing the listener into an aural limbo between pleasure and pain. On her first trip to Newcastle, appearing at O2 Academy on Saturday 20th February, she’ll continue mixing the breeziness of Cool Blue with the melancholia of Sugar Pill, sending the audience on a deeply emotional rollercoaster that’ll show why Bain is one of the most talked about emerging artists in the country right now.

The Japanese House plays at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday 20th February.

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