THE JAPANESE HOUSE + BLAISE MOORE @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos by Leslie Kalohi Recap by Neelofer Lodhy
From The Echo to The Teragram Ballroom, we knew it wouldn’t take long for skillful 21 year-old singer/guitarist Amber Bain to play a much larger venue in such a short time.
Under the moniker The Japanese House, Bain is a quickly rising musician from England and she is opening many doors.
As Bain began to play, the venue was filled with beautiful, melancholic tracks which heavily emitted a strong 80s influence. What makes Bain’s music so noteworthy is the use of deep autotune on her vocals creating a crafty, unique addition to her ambient, dream pop sound. The artist has produced many of her tracks herself with additional help from her Dirty Hit Records label mate, George Daniel of The 1975.
Fans cheered and sang loudly to favorite songs “The Good Side In” “Teeth” “Sister” and her popular single “Face Like Thunder” in which Bain’s serene vocals were almost drowned out by others.
Having only released three EP’s Pool’s To Bathe In, Clean and latest Swim Against the Tide, all comprised of four tracks each, fans were familiar with the entire catalog. With upbeat bass lines, heavy synth and smooth guitar chords, Bain continued to enchant us.
Toward the end of her set, a fan asked Bain if she could have the percussionist’s drum sticks. “Can we give them to you after he plays the song?” Bain asked. “Why don’t you just use your hands,” she said teasing her drummer. She then graciously gave the fan the drumsticks and in return received several bouquets of flowers which she held onto as she finished the evening’s set.
Supporting The Japanese House on this tour is Toronto-based artist Blaise Moore. Providing deep atmospheric sounds to kick off the evening, Moore’s unique style complemented that of The Japanese House.
Plunging bass lines, soft vocals and warm synth accompanied by mild undertones of R&B influence, enticed the audience. But what really drew in the crowd was Moore’s melancholic, yet angry lyrics. As she soulfully sang songs “Hands” “Fuck It” and “Stutter,” the crowd praised Moore as she boastfully sang lyrics like “Did I fucking stutter?” and “I dare you fucking try me.” This is a common, reoccurring theme of anger and sorrow on her debut EP London.