Kan Mikami

Shinshi-No-Yuuutsu (Depression of Gentlemen)

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This pairing of Japanese underground masters is their first official duo album, though it is not a new context to singer/guitarist Kan Mikami or drummer Toshi Isizuka, as their collaborations have been many. Throughout the '80s and '90s they worked together in Vajra, a power trio with legendary Japanese guitarist Keiji Haino, and both frequently collaborated with Japanese outsider folk king Kazuki Tomokawa and bassist Motuharu Yoshizawa. With this release, following the Kan Mikami box set on PSF, owners of that astonishing document may ask if more stream-of-consciousness electric blues could top the astonishing range of work the pair has on display. To say that this is essential would be an understatement, as it is simply one of the most powerful recordings of Kan Mikami available. With his striking whisper-to-a-scream vocal delivery coupled with his bare-essential electric guitar playing, the sparing between the duo encompasses rock, free jazz, and improvisation, and miraculously through the chaos forges a sand that is absolutely unique.