Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Kazuki Tomokawa-Nikusei['76 Japan Avant-Folk]

Highly Recommended
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second album by avant/acid folk singer
Kazuki Tomokawa,one of my favourite japanese
folk singers next to Kan Mikami

the title Nikusei means Human Voice
and what an emotional voice this guy has!
sometimes you wonder where he gets all that air from

Kazuki Tomokawa is a prolific Japanese avantgarde-folk singer, poet, and often described as a "screaming philosopher" due to his idiosyncratic singing style. His music has been used in the films of cult directors Takashi Miike and Koji Wakamatsu, and he also appears in person in Miike's Izo (2004).

from popsike:

l Tomokawa Kazuki: “Nukusei” (Harvest – YC-8006 – 1976) (Record: Mint/ Jacket: Mint) Comes with 4-paged booklet. This was Tomokawa’s second record he released. Great copy of this early Tomokawa record. He is undoubtedly the unequaled master of possessed song-spirit. Here the young Tomokawa wails and screams emotionally hard enough in order to strip the paint of the walls. Nevertheless at times he gets quite emotional and laid back in order to hush his haunting demons to sleep. Just a splendid piece of Japanese acid folk and chant exorcism. Tomokawa’s music is violent, emotionally charged with insane screaming modes, piercing sensitivity, cathartic rhythmic purge, thrashing acoustic guitar aesthetic and harsh, reflecting the atmosphere of the bleak northern prefecture of Aomori. Hardly turns up these days. Stunningly great psychedelic-acid-avant-outsider folk music. For fans of Mikami Kan, Jandek, acid folk, Iuchi Kengo, J.A.Seazer, psych heads all around and adventurous music geeks. Highly recommended original pressing in top condition. Very rare early (2nd) Tomokawa disc. Hardly, if never, resurfaces. Act smooth and swift. This record will certainly enhance your sorry ass existence.

sample of the first song(quicktime)

go get it!


Anonymous bryan said...

thank you very much for this, it is excellent, just like the other tomokawa record you posted recently. i fell in love with his music when i saw miike's izo, which has the great benefit of having subtitles for the song lyrics, which do live up the music.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've found your blog couple days ago and it's really great! i'm from Russia and it's difficult to find japanese music here, so thanks for your work!

and i like Kazuki Tomokawa a lot, yep, since i've seen him in Izo. but depositfiles-link seems to be unavaliable for me :(
sorry for asking, but could you PLEASE re-upload this recording on other server (rapidshare or megaupload, for example)

and (in all cases) THANK YOU for this blog!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful, as usual woth Tomokawa.
Thank you for posting this album.
I will wait for other stuff of this great singer (I got Hanabana no Kashitsu [english title : Fault of Flowers], email me if you're interested in: sinswecantabsolve AT hotmail DOT com)

9:15 PM  

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