- Audio CD (18 Sept. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: The Leaf Label
- ASIN: B00004Y1VK
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"So exquisite you're almost afraid to touch it in case it breaks. Sakura's message is clear: listen up, mortals, and learn some fucking humility" Muzik, 4/5
"Intelligence, subtlety, insinuation - these are the elements that Yokota prizes most highly" NME, 8/10 and Pick of The Month
"In the grand tradition of Japanese minimalism, Yokota's supremely ambient sound odysseys beguile and delight, moving ever-so-slowly towards their gentle climaxes with gorgeous precision" The Face
"A stunningly beautiful record.....Susumu Yokota continues to show himself as one of the most gifted producers on the planet, and, not before time, the early works of Eno and Aphex Twin have been joined on their pedestal" Wax, 10/10, Abstract Album Of The Month
"Powerfully emotional...music that seeps into your bones... Sakura bears comparison with Eno's finest 70s recordings" The Mix, 9/10
"His ability to create blissfully enchanting music has been compared to that of Brian Eno... Fantastic sounds to immerse yourself in completely" DJ, 8/10
"Pretty much flawless" The Sunday Times
"An exquisitely chilled delight" Q, 4/5
"Cool, calm and collected, Sakura is the most well-chilled album of the year" The Independent
"Yokota manages to make the finest soul-soothing music out there. Incredible." Level
"Truly amazing, a perfectly poised amalgam of easygoing chillout and laidback warmth" The Wire
"God-like genius" Sleazenation
"Fragrant... delicate... intoxicating music" iDJ, 4/5
"Sakura floats and provokes, but the intricate view is never obscured by fluffy clouds" The Guardian
"It's the sheer physical and intellectual power that stays with you" Mojo
"Captivating enough to rank alongside any of Brian Eno's Music For... classics. There's a rare delicacy on offer that's overwhelmingly emotional. You'll never think the same way about ambient music again" amazon.co.uk
"Sakura is a revelation. The music on this superlative album is warm, otherworldly and deeply soulful" muse.ie
"Yokota is a master of understatement, using a voice that whispers but which rings out with the clarity of its distinct, masterful command and sheer melodic confidence. Words merely banalize the beauty of this recording. Go and listen" Motion
"gorgeous and essential" Overload
"One of the albums of the year" Ben Wilcox, Straight No Chaser
Ambient music. Just leave the fridge on for an hour, put microphone close by, record and release in nicely packaged artwork. That's what the cynics would say. They've clearly never been anywhere near Sakura. While Japan's Susumu Yokota is better known for leftfield techno and weird-beard house, this venture into the world of chilled-out soundscaping is captivating enough to rank alongside any of Brian Eno's Music For... classics. Tapping into the spirit of Eno's 1970's experimentalism (think My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts), tracks like the Afro-tinged "Uchu Tanjyo" and "Hisen" capture the sound of global drifting beautifully. The pace throughout (apart from the jazzed-up "Naminote" and Moroder-ish "Hogoromo") is metronomic, but never soporific. On "Saku" and the celestial "Kirakiraboshi", there's a rare delicacy on offer that's overwhelmingly emotional. You'll never think the same way about ambient music again.--Calvin Bush
Top Customer Reviews
To describe the tracks as chillout music would be crass in the extreme, as there's a mixture of styles here ranging from dreamy synth-driven works ('Saku'), through mellow techno (the awesome 'Genshi') right up to the full-on jazz-style noodling of 'Naminote'. Even so, the end results are blissful, almost organic sounding and in some cases deeply moving. Apparently Yokota has a fairly strong reputation as a producer, and on the strength of this work it's not difficult to understand why.
Comparisons between 'Sakura' and the early work of Brian Eno are justified too. Like some of Eno's earlier albums, 'Sakura' can be a bit hard to swallow in one go, at least initially. However perseverance pays off and, to be perfectly honest, I can't think of a better album to listen to with the lights turned low - not a mood-lifting album by any means, but certainly mood provoking, and that can't be bad.
To consider Susumu Yokota as an underrated genius isn't wide of the mark.
Unlike Aphex Twin's Ambient Works, there is little disparity of mood in this album. Whereas Aphex's work can shift from mesmeric beauty to the paranoid and nightmarish, Yokota's work presents a smoother listening experience, taking some of the aforementioned artist's stellar beauty and mixing it with the synth-rich warmth and playfulness of Air. Indeed, where Aphex's melodies would drift for the best part of ten minutes, Yokota involves livelier and more vivified arrangements that are in a constant process of evolution, gradually filtering in and out beautiful sounds, continuing others; for instance, the end of 'Tobiume' sees a mellifluous, reverbed guitar cleanly picking in the background: the effect is similar to Air's 'Walkie Talkie' album, yet in the hands of a master like Yokota, you are barely aware of the addition.Read more ›
Expect cinematic collages of sound and masterfully layered styles that melt into a recording that Brian Eno, Phillip Glass and Aphex Twin probably all wish they had made themselves.
It is a veritable mind tonic.
The opening track `Saku' sets the overall tone of the record with its warm pulses of sound over which play electronic flourishes and synth effects. `Sakura' is definitely towards the blissed-out end of the elctronica spectrum but it is never dull. Its tracks are constructed carefully and minimally; built around simple repeating, melodic themes played mostly on the synth but with occasional use of strings too, such as the lovely harp sound on `Shinsen'.
One of the most satisfying things about the record is its variety; `Uchu Tanjyo' features a babble of Japanese voices as a vocal sample, whilst `Azukiiro No Kaori' and `Kodomotachi' both have hauntingly atmospheric female chant and vocals layered ino the mix. Yokota steps up the pace with greater use of beats on the playful melody of `Hisen' and the pulsing, rhythmic `Genshi', which makes you feel like you are looking out of the window of a bullet train as the Japanese countryside flashes by outside. There is even a jazzy, piano-driven workout on `Naminote'.
`Sakura' is perfect mood-music; brilliant to listen to when reading or just chilling out. Don't be put off like I was by its classification as ambient, if you like warm, melodic electronica you will love this record.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice a little like Brian Eno's music for airports but much better this is quite relaxing and very worth a listen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr Knight
I like Brian Eno's ambient works and was recommended to this album..Sadly I did not like "Sakura" much. This over-hyped CD is in fact pretentious monotonous twaddle. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by mariopops
A pretty enough record but not quite the masterpiece I expected based on Amazon buyer reviews. Disappointing compared alongside Autechre, Boards of Canada or Plaid at their best.Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Damian Walsh
In a few words - absolutely stunning. Absolutely must-have for any ambient music fan. I've heard a lot of other records from Susumu Yokota, from his techno beginnings through pure... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2012 by Martin Jagos
It's the best album I've ever heard. I love classical music, jazz or whatever can inspire some spirit but this one stands. It's perfectly calm, but moving. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by Nicolas
Firstly I've given this recording three stars. To be honest I could have given it five stars, or even one star. So I went for the middle ground. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2011 by Vaughan
`Sakura' had intrigued me for some time before I took the plunge and bought it - I could see it featuring regularly in fellow Amazonian's lists when crossed referenced to other... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2008 by D. Newton
You could say an awful lot about this album, about the varying musical styles, tempos, spoken word parts, soundscapes, etc, etc. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2008 by C. Lee