Julia Church Loses Herself In Japan

by Terry Guy

3rd April, 2020

“Japan changed my world”

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.

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