michael95

Susumu Yokota - Sakura as reviewed by michael95

September 13, 2015
referencing Sakura, CD, Album, STR03
Love listening to this album at night, reflecting over things. In particular, Saku, Tobiume and Kodomotachi are profound pieces of music. Truly unique production from Susumu Yokota, who has sadly departed from us. His imprint on this musical world speaks volumes about the person he was. I'll surely be returning to this album for many many years to come.
mathieugarcia

Susumu Yokota - Sakura mathieugarcia

November 14, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Sakura, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, BAY13V
Repress still available here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/leaf20
specialmove

Susumu Yokota - Sakura specialmove

July 22, 2015
referencing Sakura, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, BAY13V
Yeah, been looking all over. You will need to be fast when this comes up for sure.
wakanagary

Susumu Yokota - Sakura wakanagary

May 31, 2013
referencing Sakura, CD, Album, RP, BAY13CD

Track 6 - "Gekkoh", features a sample from the opening of Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians".
Track 8 - "Azukiiro No Kaori", contains samples from the Return to Forever song "Sometime Ago/La Fiesta" from Return to Forever.
Track 9 - "Kodomotachi", features a sample from Joni Mitchell's song "Songs to Aging Children Come" from Clouds.
plaidzebra

Susumu Yokota - Sakura plaidzebra

May 11, 2014
referencing Sakura, CD, Album, RP, BAY13CD

Also, track 11 contains a sample from Harold Budd's "Madrigals of the Rose Angel" from The Pavilion of Dreams.
Mieli

Susumu Yokota - Sakura as reviewed by Mieli

December 23, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Sakura, CD, Album, RP, BAY13CD

Rhodes/Wurlitzer piano sounds cover this album like a fresh snowfall over Mt. Fuji; restrained, reverberated drum machines count regular time, and other-worldly vocal samples interject tastefully - these too soaked in dreamy delays. Yokota's subtle jazz colouring on strangely rational and listenable progressions are the real star on the album. Mixed loudly and centered confidently, the music paints its pictures with this broad brush, while phasing drums sporadically syncopate across the aural landscape.

It has an east-meets-west sound, and not all the tracks take-off to Yokota's often achieved cloudy and surreal aural ink-paintings, but those that do work wonderfully. Some tracks create a busy tension that never resolves, others sit much sounder with a fuller, more transcending sound (you could play this album to recruit cult members, I'm sure), but it is the more traditional neo-jazz tracks (of which there are two) that sing the loudest for this listener. It's not quite the lo-fi experiment as often quoted, but it is surely respectable, gentle, soothing and often surreal.
rgreensted

Susumu Yokota - Sakura as reviewed by rgreensted

November 2, 2002
referencing Sakura, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, BAY13V

an excellent chill out album, that brings traditional japanese music to life in a very modern way. a few dodgy tracks later on butthe first three tracks are worth the asking price alone.