Friday, August 12, 2016

Kimiko Kasai - Kimiko (1982)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Kimiko Kasai - Butterfly (1979)

Shimmering, smooth-as-butter disco/soft rock from Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai. Known best as a jazz singer, Kimiko probably represents an attempt to garner a broader American audience. However, regardless of the album's immaculate arrangements and deft pop songwriting, her complex, idiosyncratic voice just wasn't meant for a pop audience, so here it is, three and a half decades later, on a nerdy music blog.

Track listing:
1. The Right Place
2. Looking for Love
3. Steppin' Outside Tonight
4. I'm So Much in Love
5. I Felt You Glancin'
6. Love Is All We Need
7. I Wish That Love Would Last
8. Over You

I felt you glancing

Give these a spin, too:
Adrian Gurvitz -
Sweet Vendetta (1979)
Teena Marie -
Starchild (1984)

2 comments:

  1. I don't like Kimiko. I find that she's trying too hard to be the iconic american soul diva, (even to the point of nearing blackface territory, i.e. the cover of "Butterfly") and thereby loses touch with her own cultural identity. To me the music feels strained and inauthentic. I am deeply enamored of Taeko Ohnuki, Miharu Koshi and Nokko however!

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    1. Well, she's obviously not obligated to remain in touch with Japanese culture, and she was clearly deeply enamored with American jazz/funk/pop. To me, when she's in jazz mode, she sounds as genuinely invested and authentic as any other musician, and when she's in disco mode, I love it because of, not in spite of, its plastic, overly manicured sound and delivery. That's all part of the joy of this era of pop -- for me anyway.

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