Jack Barnett, the scrawny, intense singer/songwriter with English post-art rockers These New Puritans, is stood on a rest area off a German autobahn on his way to Freiburg. This can be an unedifying business at the best of times, but the banality of the situation seems a world away from the sonic sorcery of his band’s music, as well as his continued enthusiastic prognosis of Japanese culture.

“I’ve been to Japan a couple of times. I love the culture, I love the music, the food (and) the people. I’ve spent most of my time in Tokyo. I’d like to think that was representative. I’m really looking forward to Japan.”

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