Kit Mix #166: Kurachi

 

To celebrate Kumio Kurachi's first release outside of Japan, Abby Thomas (bison records) selects music from across Kurachi's huge and out of print output - from early experimentation with effects, synth bops, full rock overdubs to his unique brand of progressive folk song.

Fukuoka native Kumio Kurachi is one of the most original players of the Japanese underground. When he's not dabbling in visual art, he practices a deeply weird brand of minstrelsy, pairing surreal lyrics and theatrical vocal mannerisms with unorthodox guitar tunings that were inspired by the koto. Somewhat similar to Kan Mikami, but a whole load brighter. Kurachi performed actively in Tokyo in the 80's, and still plays shows in Fukuoka regularly. He has released cassette tapes as well as CDs since the early 80's. Past collaborators include Taku Unami and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto and he has been on bills with Tenniscoats, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Kei Yamauchi, Kazuhisa Uchihashi and many others.

1)   Harai (Orokana Kumo, enban)
2)   Promenade (Orokana Kumo, enban)
3)   Best Camera
4)   Super Chitose (Supermarket Chitose, enban)
5)   Boh Boh Stuff
6)   Kiriya No Ureshino
7)   I Got a Portion Of The Gift Someone Else Received (Osusowake Wo Itadaita / Gohon No Yubi) *this one has a couple of variations (Sound of Turning Earth, bison)
8)   Glittery Lip Stick in Spring (Haru No Rameiri Lip Stick) (Sound of Turning Earth, bison)
9)   Best Camera (Cafe OTO Download)
10) Natchan Blue
11) Natchan Blue (Cafe OTO Download)
12) Saran Wrap

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