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4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • 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: 37,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Saku
  2. Tobiume
  3. Uchu Tanjyo
  4. Hagoromo
  5. Genshi
  6. Gekkoh
  7. Hisen
  8. Azukiiro No Kaori
  9. Kodomotachi
  10. Naminote
  11. Shinsen
  12. Kirakiraboshi

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press reviews:
"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

Amazon.co.uk

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

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I have to admit, I bought this on a whim with a view to padding out my CD collection with some ambient recordings. Prior to this, I'd not heard of Susumu Yokota but although 'Sakura' is the first of his albums I've listened to, it won't be the last.
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.
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Whenever my brain feels sore, beaten and withered up like a dried plum, I tend to have a bath, or a beer, or even both. But then I bought 'Sakura' with an interested curiousity that it would shine as much a Susumu's other work. After just one play, I rapidly realised that I would need neither a beer nor a bath to feel soothed and rejuvenated. This album contains some of the most inspiring and beautifully rendered sounds I have come across.
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.
Fantabulous
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There is a tranquillity in Yokota's 'Sakura' that in the hands of others would become sterility. With each track, Yokota seamlessly transports the listener through his idyllic paradise, presumably the isle much of this work is inspired by. From the opening, unadorned bass pulse of 'Saku', string-like synths arrive from what seems like miles away, wrapping themselves into a cocoon of dreamy, otherworldy music. The method will not blow you away, as there are barely any dramatic shifts in Yokota's armoury here, but like with the curtain of distant rainfall ever-present through 'Taku', this artist works through steady accumulation that is mostly just as satisfying and effective: you sense the artist revels in crystallizing a momentary wonder into a flowing, unravelling experience.
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.
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This album is beutiful, by far his best most consistant work. Rich, warm and totally fluid sonics, the songs almost have a physical texture. Sakura is reminiscant of Aphex Twins' Selected ambient works, vol 2, Steve Rheich or Brian Eno, but more importantly it has a sound unique to itself. Basically it is stunning, buy it.
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If you've followed recommendations to Susumu Yokota then this is a good place to start (then follow it with Grinning Cat or Sound of Sky). This is the apotheosis of ambient music: truly gorgeous and wistful. The track Kodomatchi is worth the price of admission alone. If everyone on the M25 had this treasure playing in their cars there would be no more road rage and everyone would look forward to traffic jams.
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Okay, so I know what you're thinking; "Susumu Yokota? Who?" Trust me on this one, if you buy this album, you will soon be thinking; "Susumu Yokota. The man is a genius. Where can I get me some more?". Exquisitely crafted and beautifully presented, Sakura is one of the most stunning albums I have ever heard. If it were any more chilled you could use it to keep your beer cold. Sakura evokes a mellow, carefree sense of calm upon which the intricacies of the melody cavort, and leaves you feeling that the world is somehow a better place than it was before you heard the album. More please ....
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Sakura means cherry blossom, which is cool because this album sounds kinda like ambient Aphex doing tai chi in a Japanese park. Susumu uses layers of synth tones+drones alongside a variety of sounds, including what sounds like a super-reverbed electric guitar, to create a organic landscape that you can get lost in for hours. This is one of the best ambient albums you can exchange money for.
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