Monday, November 27, 2006

Kan Mikami "Sendo Kouta: Mikami Kan Enka no Sekai"
(Japanese "Enka" 1973)

A folk singer who plays extreme music like later punk rock. The antithesis to the sophisticated and soft folk music. 'Hiraku Yume nado Arujyanashi' (I Have Never Had a Dream that Opens), 1972 Includes the cover of female singer Keiko Fuji's hit song "Keiko no Yume wa Yoru Hiraku (Keiko's Dream Opens in the Night)" in the "Enka (grudge song)" style." ; Recordheaven : "Kan Mikami – an underground radical protest folk singer/shouter and actor who was involved in the Tenjo Sajiki and Tokyo Kid Brothers troupes, and by extension, with J.A. Caesar. His first album, "Mikami Kan No Sekai" ("The World of Kan Mikami") [1971] apparently contained a kind of folk rock with intense presence and dark, harrowing, "real" lyrical subject matter. I'm not sure if there were any albums between this and the next one I'm aware of, "BANG!" [1974]. It features Yosuke Yamashita's group and other jazz musicians as his backing, and is reputedly a weirder, more progressive affair, mainly for the title track. This has been described as "a bewildering psychedelic collage of free jazz blasts, musique concrete, tapes and Mikami's unique voice, silky and caressing one moment, soaring and screaming in agony the next". Mikami apparently didn’t do much again until the late 80's, collaborating with Keiji Haino of Fushitsusha for the group Vajra.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Dirk said...

thanks


do you have his first one?

27 November, 2006 20:26  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Sorry, Onece I had 1st album but it was broken file;;;

How about "19 Years 2 Months 16th Night"?
This is very first recording of Kan Mikami.

27 November, 2006 22:29  
Blogger Dirk said...

would be good if you posted that :)


do you have kazuki tomokawa's first one?

28 November, 2006 04:30  
Blogger Lizardson said...

tomokawa 1st
you can easley find my stuffs by using "Artist Index"
good luck!

28 November, 2006 10:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I've been interested with the Group Sounds era of Japan and their uniqueness. The only song I heard from the great Mikami Kan is Yume wa yoru Hiraku. Was this really banned before?

01 October, 2008 08:50  
Blogger duif said...

Great album! If you'll allow the ad, more Mikami can be found at my blog: http://schwebeablaut.blogspot.com/. Thank you!

23 December, 2010 23:48  

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