Jim Carroll

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New Music – Jeen, The Japanese House, Pleasure Beach

New musc from Toronto, London and Belfast


Thu, May 7, 2015, 11:50


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.


Whie Jeen O’Brien may only be getting around to releasing her debut album “Tourist” next month, the Canadian musician has been in the spotlight previously, working with acts like Great Big Sea, Serena Ryder and Hawksley Workman, producing tunes for TV shows and commercials and playing as a member of Cookie Duster alongside Broken Social Scene’s Brenard Canning. Going on the heft of “Everywhere I Go” and “Higher and Higher” from that forthcoming album, expect the Toronto artist’s beguiling, strong, melodic indie-pop to win many admirers in the coming months.

The Japanese House

Fans of ethereal voices should say howdy to London singer Amber Bain, whose work as The Japanese House is something to marvel at. Her debut EP “Pools to Bathe In” is a delight, a collection of tracks (like “Sister” below) layered with woozy vocals, moody sounds and the kind of lazy harmonies which you don’t realise have hooked you until the songs resonates for hours afterwards in your head. Lush ambient joy with a lovely electronic shimmer.

Pleasure Beach

The way Pleasure Beach tell it, the five-piece band came together while working in various Belfast coffee shops. There must have been something quite hooky in those long whites and espressos because the band’s sound is pretty darn impressive. Debut single “Go” is a gorgeous slap of big-room Nordic pop, anthemic guitars pinched from the Arcade Fire school of riffing and the kind of winning confidence which indicates that theres a lot more where this came from. They play their debut show at The Menagerie, Belfast on June 5 and we’ll see you A&R tarts there.