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IN PHOTOS: The Japanese House’s incredible performance felt like ‘A Dream’

The Japanese House performed hit songs and album tracks at her first show in Nashville in four years.
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Nikita Rohila
The Japanese House takes over Marathon Music Works, as photographed on Nov. 8, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Nikita Rohila)

The Japanese House, an indie-pop artist, returned to Nashville after four years to perform many fan-favorite songs within her discography. Inside Marathon Music Works, the singer, known personally as Amber Bain, cemented herself as a successful performer and a musician that everyone should keep on their radar.

Before Bain began her highly-awaited performance, indie singer/songwriter quinnie opened the show by performing a handful of her most popular songs as well as a few unreleased ones. Prior to performing her unreleased song “baha bird,” quinnie discussed her appreciation for making song titles that are not featured in the song’s lyrics themselves.

Following quinnie’s personal and primarily acoustic set, Bain and the members of her touring band came onstage and opened the show with her song, “Sad To Breathe.” They performed many memorable songs by The Japanese House throughout the evening, including “Saw You In A Dream” and “Something Has to Change,” under an incredible display of lights.

Throughout Bain’s set, fans in the audience sang along to the lyrics loudly and threw their hands up with excitement.

The primary set ended with The Japanese House’s popular song “Dionne,” originally recorded with a feature by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. However, Bain and her band returned to the stage minutes later and played an encore performance consisting of two songs from her most recent album: “One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones” and “Sunshine Baby.”

The concert experience was nothing I had witnessed before, with fans crowding together as Bain and her band played under lighting reminiscent of that seen in much larger venues. Attending one of The Japanese House’s shows in the near future is something you have to do.

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Alex Brodeur
Alex Brodeur, Staff Photographer
Alex Brodeur (‘27) is majoring in communication studies in the College of Arts and Science. When not taking photos for The Hustler, you can find him listening to music, traveling or visiting museums. He can be reached at [email protected].
Nikita Rohila
Nikita Rohila, Senior Staff Photographer
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Deputy Social Media Director. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
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Jack Frisch
7 months ago

Nice review!

Jack Frisch
Voting member of N.A.R.A.S (The National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences)