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5.0 out of 5 stars different colourful aspects of many things contained in one, 19 May 2011
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This album sees a natural, if unpredictable, progression of Yokota's music. It is certainly as, if not more, experimental than his previous releases. Though electronic, Kaleidescope is more rooted in the patterns of music more familiar to the house/dance genre in general than the more oriental themes displayed in works like The Boy and the Tree. It is funky, thought-provoking and apparently conscious-expanding music, with a celestial/cerebral tone. (The whimsical is still here, though, see: 'Sprouting Symphony'!) Less rigid in textures than earlier work, it sounds like he is seeking a solution to his musical language. Each track has a life of its own, and whilst maybe this is a less consistent work, it reveals that Yokota is still exploring the boundaries and qualities inherent in his approach. This album retains a formula evident in earlier work, starting with more accessible and up-beat tracks and concluding on a meditative theme, here entitled Red Moon, which is one of the best tracks. `9 Petals' is a favourite. Maybe this album has more to say than other work, yet it seems more scattered, less defined. Is it more dreamy, more pensive than his other work? Not sure, this one seems like it will provoke different reactions in different people. Just as a kaleidescope offers the different colourful aspects of many things contained in one, so does this collection. I would give it 4.5 stars, but seems to get better with each listen. Great organic electric music.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Force, 10 Dec 2010
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Sometimes less is more. Sometimes less is so full
of the world that we can only smile inwardly in the
knowledge that what we are receiving is doing us good.

Kaleidoscope, the most recent album by Japanese
electronic composer Susumu Yokota, is a lesson in what
beauty can be drawn from the very smallest elements and
to say that these sixteen compositions are beautiful is
both an inadequate description and an understatement.

This is music to make our senses tingle with the stark
immediacy of being. Waking dreams which sooth and heal.

It is quite impossible to remove any one piece from the
context of the whole and make it come any more alive with
words. The beats are gentle, unobtrusive, kinetic pulses;
the vocal fragments, gentle ghosts whispering to one another
across the chasms of timeless and ambiguous space; the
non-linear melodic development uncompromising and mystifying;
the map always less than the territory evoked. Simply sublime.

Let this music into your heart and listen.
It truly does make life a tiny bit better.

Essential.
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