Julia Church’s Japan is a unique song from what we are currently hearing. Her sound at times throws us back to early ’90s, R&B Pop, and it’s as if critically acclaimed chillout act Bonobo got themselves a lead singer, in the form of this unexpected singer-songwriter.
The South-African beauty performs vocally with such a deep, full, professional tone, that you could easily place her in the same league as other artists such as Dua Lipa, and Birdy.
“Admittedly, I have never actually been to Japan but have always been intrigued by it. It strikes me as a sort of enigmatic paradise, brimming with natural beauty that I could envision losing myself in. This song is essentially about losing yourself in a new world.” – Julia Church
The chorus’s production of Japan is instrumentally quite huge in terms of its drum programming and percussion which includes overuse of claves and other woodblock-type instruments. This showcases a Trip-Hop style tempo and angelic, breathy backing vocals.
Lyrically Julia Church’s new single delivers a similar concept to Alanis Morissette’s grateful message to India, for allowing her to let go of anger, with her 1998 single ‘Thank You.’
Japan is a spiritual number and a beautiful tribute to a beautiful country. Julia Church continues to captivate us with her lyrics and style.