The Japanese House Releases Country-Infused ‘Smiley Face’ Single

Hear Amber Bain’s first new music since releasing her 2023 LP, In the End It Always Does.

By Nate Todd Jun 19, 2024 1:06 pm PDT

The Japanese House (Amber Bain) released a new single, “Smiley Face.” The track marks The Japanese House’s first new music since releasing her 2023 album, In the End It Always Does.

Bain teamed with collaborators George Daniel (The 1975) and Chloe Kraemer (Rina Sawayama, FKA twigs, Rex Orange County) to produce “Smiley Face.” Stylized as “:)” – the song is a breezy, country-tinged number with shades of Joni Mitchell.


Amber explained the amazing story behind her new single.

“‘Smiley Face’ is a song I wrote when I was very excited about talking to someone off a dating app,” Bain said. “She lived in Detroit, and I was fantasising about flying to meet her. I was in a session at the time for someone else’s stuff, but I couldn’t help this song spilling out of me, I was in some sort of frenzy. Turns out I did buy the plane tickets, now we’re engaged.”

Listen to “Smiley Face” below:

The Japanese House is currently supporting Maggie Rogers and will launch her North American headline tour on Thursday. Scroll down for her itinerary with ticket info.

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