Friday, April 13, 2018

Mikami Kan - 三上寛の世界 (1971)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Mikami Kan - ひらく夢などあるじゃなし 三上寛怨歌集 (1972)

Sparse, goosebump-inspiring Japanese folk rock. Kan's first solo album, 三上寛の世界 (which I believe translates to "The World of Mikami Kan") consists almost entirely of Kan's remarkable, expressive singing accompanied by a lone, plaintive acoustic guitar. It's a true testament to the power of Kan's voice that someone who does not understand Japanese can find his music so emotionally compelling.

Track listing:
1. 馬鹿ぶし
2. ものな子守歌
3. カラス
4. 数珠の玉切れる日に
5. おど
6. なぜ
7. ピストル魔の少年
8. 木
9. 黒い小さな貨物列車
10. 小便だらけの湖
11. 夢は夜ひらく

I was watching on the day she died

You should also listen to:
Tim Hollier -
Tim Hollier (1970)
Loren Mazzacane & Kath Bloom -
Sing the Children Over (1982)


  1. Great album, thx! You might like Kazumi Tomokawa too

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! Any particular album I should start with?

    2. "Ore no uchi de nari yamanai uta - Nakahara Chūya sakuhin-shū" (1978) has lush prog arrangements by J.A. Seazer, but his 80s albums are better ("Sakura no Kuni no Chiru Naka wo", and "Umi Shizuka, Koi Wa Yami" in particular).

  2. I can't thank your blog enough for all the new music I've discovered~

  3. Actually he's the creator of "japanese blues", the "Mikami Mojo"...
    If you're into Captain Beefheart, you'll love more recent Mikami, that is a cross between the captain, acoustic delta blues & free jazz....
    Check out Bang!, his masterpiece!!!!

    Lilith (not only into black metal)