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  • The Japanese House Premieres New Song “Boyhood” on BBC Radio 1

  • British alt-pop singer-songwriter Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House premiered a new song “Boyhood” along with a music video on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Clara Amfo.

    The song is her first music in three years since the 2020 EP “Chewing Cotton Wool”.
    Also, the song will appear on her upcoming sophomore album.
    The track was written by Amber Bain, Jessica Miller, and Chloe Kraemer. The accompanying video was directed by Max Barnett.
    "When Katie and I were young and in love, we fantasised about riding off into the distance on her horse Bam Bam, 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 on in life. But also, and more importantly, it's about hope for overcoming those things. Look at us now: not riding away, but towards… something.”
  • She added, “This horse was very lovely to us, but I think deep down Bam Bam was the horse we were riding all along, and wherever I'm recklessly galloping off to in my life, Katie will be riding bareback behind me like a lunatic, arms around me, like we'd always planned.”
    Amber Bain told Clara Amfo about the song, “It's kind of I was thinking a lot about being gay, and gender obsessed, always thinking about that. And thinking a lot about like, how, I mean, I don't really feel like a woman or a girl. And so it's strange because I grew up as a girl I had, I didn't have a boyhood, sort of thinking about that and how different I might be if I'd had some sort of boyhood or it had some different things happened to me in my life.”

  • She continued, “The song itself had 100 different versions of it. And I feel like I've had 100 different versions of myself that could have existed, and it's about like accepting some of those. I don't know just being around with this body of work that I'm making, that made a kind of working with queer people is so a realize is so important to me. To have someone like someone reflecting back at you how you feel about yourself, like is so important to be around. It's important to like hear that and that's why he's wanting to hear about it in songs like I didn't hear any one set by any girls or non men saying she in songs when I was growing up. That's kind of one of the main things that people will come up to me and talk about after shows is like, you made me feel like it's okay to be queer or gay or whatever.”

    Photo by Max Barnett
  • source : BBC Radio 1
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