Kahimi Karie - Kahimi Karie (1998)

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Kahimi Karie (カヒミ・カリィ Kahimi Karī), born Mari Hiki (比企マリ Hiki Mari, born March 15, 1968) is a Japanese Shibuya-kei musician.

Kahimi sings in English, French, and Japanese (among other languages) with whisper-like vocals. A number of her early songs were written for her by Momus. She also has a strong connection to Cornelius, who collaborated on many early works, and whose trendy Trattoria label released many of her EPs in the mid-'90s. Karie currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, though she spent much of her career in Paris.

Kahimi was born the daughter of a major hospital doctor in Utsunomiya. She was raised by her strict father, and says she was not allowed to do things kids usually do, like watching TV, dating, etc. She was influenced by Serge Gainsbourg in her teens. After graduating high school, she moved to Tokyo and entered a vocational college to study photography. After graduating, she made a short career as a freelance photographer. In 1990, her friend established a record label and Kahimi was asked to participate. She made her debut as a vocalist, alongside Takako Minekawa as the female duo "Fancy Face Groovy Name". Later in 1994 she released her first solo album "Mike Alway's Diary", which was produced by Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius) . At this time she was referred to as "Shibuya-kei Princess", and her personal relationship with Oyamada was highly publicized. She later moved to Paris to pursue her career. She now lives in Tokyo, and recently toured Japan with Yoshihide Otomo and Jim O'Rourke, who has also written songs for her. Her dog, a black french bulldog, is called "Gomes".
Tracks
01. Good morning world
02. Candyman
03. Elastic Girl
04. Mike alway's diary
05. Le roi soleil
06. Take it easy my brother Charlie
07. Zoom up!
08. Serieux comme le plaisir
09. Lolitapop dollhouse
10. dis-moi quelque chose avant de dormir
11. The way you close your eyes
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