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"Good At Falling" The Japanese House

by Marios Argitis - Photo Editor
Tue, Mar 5th 2019 10:00 pm

Embarking on an emotionally rigorous, yet unexpected trail of thought can be a very challenging but also self-reflective time for an individual. The Japanese House steps into the topics of self-reflection, affection and relationships in its debut album, “Good at Falling,” released on Friday, March 1.

Vocalist of the group Amber Bain, stepped into the music industry with her wide release of EPs and singles beginning in 2015. With its electro/indie-pop sound The Japanese House was propelled into the music prodigy it has become today. The generous blend of appealing vocals, emotions and good production makes “Good at Falling” a great introduction into the musical ability of The Japanese House.

We are introduced to the album with the song, “want to meet her (intro).” The track begins with a soothing free-sounding instrumental that immediately jumps into intense, hard-hitting vocals and a chaotic melody. The dark lyrics accompanied by a heavy base hooks the attention of listeners. The song smoothly transitions into the next track “Maybe You’re the Reason,” a catchy and memorable number that brings the message of being mentally oblivious while surrounding your life around someone you love. 

In the fourth track of the album, “Wild,” The Japanese House talks about the theme of tackling self-control and how hard composure can be in the midst of conflicting emotions. This is seen in the trippy and playful chorus that is met with howling vocals and makes this song one to remember. Reflection is also seen in the fifth track, “You Seemed So Happy,” a song about pretending to be someone else when around other people. Lyrics such as, “I won’t stop feeling the weight of my world” in the second verse really touches on the self-consuming ability of reflection we all have and how that can be a hurtful part of ourselves. 

In “somethingfartoogoodtofeel,” the vocals of The Japanese House are heavy and vulnerable, as if the listener is facing conflict along with the vocalist, something that is felt across this album. The progressively satisfying instrumental and melodic guitar allows some room for air, to breathe after self-reflection that seems to only hurt with repetition. 

The song beautifully transitions to the next track, “Lilo” a song about the beauty of meeting somebody that really has an impact on you. The beautiful mix of peaceful vocals, memorable instrumentals and echoes makes this song a beautiful piece of music that was unforgettable in itself.

After listening to its debut album, “Good at Falling,” The Japanese House really made an impression in terms of capturing the listeners. While listening to this album, I learned that it is okay to feel and to engage in deep thought, as it is essential to being human. Our thoughts and emotions allows us to scratch the surface of an increasingly complex world.