Good at Falling is one of those albums best enjoyed with a cider in hand, the sun shining on you on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. This is actually how I enjoyed it, while the impending doom that our planet is screwed as it shouldn’t be this hot in late February creeps looming somewhere in my psyche, making this a bittersweet moment. Frankly this may be a farfetched introduction for this debut album by The Japanese House, but it resonates as the most fitting description of it.

Amber Bain’s album has been long-awaited; since her start sometime in 2015 she has released 4 EPs, toured with Wolf Alice and The 1975 (George Daniel is one of the producers on this LP), and experienced a break up. While her EPs were more experimental, and less accessible, on Good at Falling, Amber makes the listener’s journey into her world easier; with a heavily pop influenced album, she opens up about her relationship with Marika Hackman, and the eventual downfall of it.

As much as the opener ‘Went to meet her’ could be described as hard to listen to, due in parts to the strong effects on her voice, ‘Maybe You’re The Reason’ sets the tone for the rest of the LP. The sound is nothing short of poppy, while the lyrics show Bain’s actual mental state: “And I think I'm dying/ 'Cause this can't be living/ Should I be searching for some kind of meaning?/ Apathy's a funny feeling.” In the drum-filled ‘You Seemed So Happy’, the duality between sound and lyrics draws a parallel between what Amber was experiencing after losing a close friend, and coming to terms with her own mortality, while still presenting a bubbly face to the world: “that song is about seeming like I was very normal and fine but also that feeling that I genuinely believed I was going to die every single day,” she’s said.

In ‘Marika Is Sleeping’ the orchestral opening is closer to a Disney Musical than anything The Japanese House has ever done before; the anecdote that she dreamt the part, only to wake up and write it all down, just makes this song that much better. However, the lead single ‘Lilo’ has to be the most interesting on the album; written at the beginning of her relationship with Marika, and finished once they broke up, somewhere within the song you can feel the change, the uncertainty ripping through, and as Bain describes it herself: “I seem quite helpless in the lyrics. I could definitely tell that I was losing her. I knew, I just knew, that something was ending.”

While at times the overall production and heavy effects can take away from the impact, Good at Falling is ultimately a work of emotions. The album perfectly represents what people go through while trying to hold on to relationships, knowing they should let go. The happy moments drowning out the alarms of doubt ringing deep in one’spsyche. But it’s also perfectly fit for enjoying summer-like weather in the middle of winter, trying to ignore that it’s a clear sign that the Earth is dying.