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The Japanese House recruits MUNA's Katie Gavin for "One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones"

07 June 2023, 12:46 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The Japanese House today shares new single "One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones" – the closing track on her forthcoming second studio album In the End It Always Does.

Written with MUNA’s Katie Gavin and co-produced by The Japanese House’s Amber Bain, and Chloe Kraemer, "One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones' is a stripped-back track soaked in glimmering piano, named after Bain’s sausage dog.

As with all of the releases from Bain's forthcoming album, the track arrives accompanied by an official live performance video. The single follows "Sunshine Baby", "Sad To Breathe", and "Boyhood".

Of the track coming to life, Bain explains: “This is my favourite song, and I wrote it as a piece ages ago when I was playing the piano and Chloe would record me playing the piano loads with my dog on my lap. We sat on the music for ages then Katie from MUNA came down to the studio and put the rambling lyrics over music in a Joni Mitchell kind of way.

“I’m trying to encapsulate that feeling, a sort of ode to that feeling when Emma Thompson stands there and cries when she’s holding the CD in Love Actually. The lyrics are about the confirmation that my relationship was dead, and it’s the only song I’ve ever cried during the vocal take which has never happened before.”

"One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones" is out now. The Japanese House's forthcoming second album, In the End It Always Does, is out on 30 June via Dirty Hit and is available to pre-order.

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