The Japanese House / Boyhood Single





THE JAPANESE HOUSE returns with new single BOYHOOD out now via Dirty Hit and debuted as BBC Radio One’s Hottest Record. 

THE JAPANESE HOUSE is the acclaimed project of Amber Bain, who has released music under this pseudonym since 2015, and shared her debut album Good At Falling in 2019. On the new single, Bain’s voice floats over electronic beats and gentle guitar plucks. An ode to the complexities of gender and sexuality, BOYHOOD explores how trauma becomes an inescapable part of a person.

The accompanying video sees Bain watching a projection of herself from bed, as one of a pair horseback riding through lush green fields. Of the visual and the song, Amber explains:

“When my best friend Katie and I were young and in love, we dreamed of riding off into the distance on her horse BamBam, away from all the problems that came from being gay and in love back then. This song talks about how sometimes, however hard you try, you can’t help but be a product of the things that happened to you or held you back earlier in life. But also, and more importantly, it’s about hope for overcoming those things. And look at us now. Not riding away but towards … something.

“This horse was very lovely to us, but I think deep down BamBam was the horse we were riding all along, and wherever I’m recklessly riding off to in my life, Katie will be riding bareback behind me like a lunatic, arms around me, like we’d always planned.

“RIP BamBam xxx



BOYHOOD is the first taste of new music from THE JAPANESE HOUSE in 2023, her sound and style characteristically wide open with her vulnerabilities and innermost feelings stitched into a tapestry of gorgeous, elevated pop music. Since her emergence in 2015, THE JAPANESE HOUSE has received industry-wide acclaim from The Guardian (“feels like a refreshing splash of cold water on tear-stained cheeks”) Sunday Times Culture (“stunning”) Pitchfork, i-D, VICE, NME, GQ, Interview Magazine, BBC Radio One and many more.