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Magic Thread [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

Susumu Yokota Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (10 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B00004ZT8N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yep - excellent minimal form fm Yokota 15 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
just bought "magic thread" this week after reading the other amazon review + loving some of his later work ("sakura", "grinning cat", "the boy + the tree" (but NOT "love or die" which is shockingly mundane..) and pleased to find that this is another fine, characteristically otherworldly album from Yokota.

released back in 1998 : "magic thread" is pretty contempraneous with uber-minimal/click electronica labels such as mille plateau or raster-noton + sound artists such as noted minimalist heads as plastikman, gas , alvo noto + farben . what sets "magic thread " apart for me is Yokota's obvious close affinity with discreet oriental sounds + layering in between the clicks + minimal beats making this both a late night deep music experience that on at least two of the tracks- would appeal to the deep click-house heads as well as more "out there" experimental electronica heads . there's nothing here that really stands out -but this makes "magic thread" a great full Lp's listen, as is better listened to as such.

yep - strongly recommended for experimental minimal/ambient/electronica heads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle sounds of Japanese ambient wizard 18 Oct 2003
By Jay M VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album came before his success with the more widely known 'Sakura' and 'Grinning Cat'. However it has the same ambient themes as those two albums and can be seen as a precursor to them.
All the ideas for those affore-mentioned albums can be seen forming on this album. Whereas it lacks the immediacy of those albums, it is a charming exploration in sound sculpture nonetheless. I really like it though and I think you will too. After further listens, it really is as good as his later work.
Lilting melodies, softly shifting bass, echoing voices and all manner of means of exotic instruments makes this into a gorgeous album full of gentle ambience and subtle sounds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars delicate & beautiful 13 Jun 2013
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I find Susumu Yokota so unique. This is one of my favorate albums & I often think that I don't listen to it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle sounds of Japanese ambient wizard 7 Feb 2004
By Jay M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album came before his success with the more widely known 'Sakura' and 'Grinning Cat'. However it has the same ambient themes as those two albums and can be seen as a precursor to them.
All the ideas for those affore-mentioned albums can be seen forming on this album. Whereas it lacks the immediacy of those albums, it is a charming exploration in sound sculpture nonetheless. I really like it though and I think you will too. After further listens, it really is as good as his later work.
Lilting melodies, softly shifting bass, echoing voices and all manner of means of exotic instruments makes this into a gorgeous album full of gentle ambience and subtle sounds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 star- - - Arts and Crafts Ambience. 29 July 2003
By Phil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Electronic music has long had a reputation for sterility and slickness. When the needle drops on the latest Digweed drama, that accusation holds water. Unbeknownst to most fans/detractors of the likes of the Crystal Method and the Venga Boys, however, underground dance music has relatively rough n' raw roots. Early Chicago house and embryonic Detroit techno were the products of poor to middle-class black kids using cast-off technology, and finding novel uses for devices that poorly served their original purposes. Protools and G4 Powerbooks had nothing to do with "Strings of Life" or "Acid Trax". I have no idea what sort of equipment Susumu Yokota uses, but the music on "Magic Thread" combines the stark bump of early acid house with the dreamy hum of vintage Eno and Cluster. Even on his more accomplished and fleshed-out cds, such as "Sakura", and "Grinning Cat", Yokota casually trims the edges of his samples, and apparently doesn't lose sleep over looped bursts of tape hiss that would make most audio engineers wince. While initially appearing careless, these touches are ultimately revealed as intrinsic components of his invitingly unpretentious style. On this disc, vinyl crackle (sampled as rhythm) and wheezing tape loops take an already offhand artist into realms that are positively lo-fi, as if some early-90s indie rocker decided to ape "Another Green World", instead of "Here Come the Warm Jets". Although most of Yokota's work is loop-based, "Magic Thread" is particularly repetitive. That said, those charmed by the quirky exotica of his later albums may find the landscape a wee bit barren. This certainly isn't the best introduction for the uninitiated (that would be "Grinning Cat"), but there's plenty to savor for fans of Yokota's off-kilter ambience.
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