What was the atmosphere like in studio when you and the other members of Japan reunited for Rain Tree Crow? Were the recording sessions tense or did everything feel like old times? Do you feel as if the album is the pinnacle of your collaboration with the group?

We had a lot of fun in the studio during the first few months of recording, and although we were older and more opinionated than previously, we were fundamentally all in it for the same reason and were as accommodating to one another’s quirks as possible. I can’t recall having any arguments except for a few heated debates over dinner but that’s what happens when you’ve spent two months in residential studios together – it’s either that or sit in total silence.

I personally feel it is the pinnacle of our work together in the sense that it’s the most listenable album to me. JAPAN’s music I find not as sincere, but that’s to do with age and era.

A typical start at Miraval Studios, South of France.

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