as a keen albeit belated fan in last 18 months of this maverick , talented artist,musician, ex dj,- "image" is (as it says on the tin) a collection of earlier works by susumu yokota from 1983 to 1998 of pre-"hit" lps on leaf such as "sakura", "grinning cat" + "the boy and the tree". a few tracks only sound similar to the winning streak of the above marvellous lp/cd's i.e deep,lush,experimental, ambient/oriental ,neo-psychedelic electronica.
the main problem with "image" is that at least 5 tracks are pretty minimal guitar . voice or organ only simple untextured tracks that really aren't up to the standard of yokota after his minimal/beats lp "magic thread" onwards where occasional beats, multiple textures, dreamy layers of sound + samples (often oriental-be they voice or recocrded natural sounds or acoustic intruments) add up to his extradorinary ,multilayered works.
too many tracks simply sound like early experimental works without too much interest. buy all of the above listed lps/cd s first as well as the the excellent "skintone collection" before venturing further with "image". Note: "image" is only just over 30 minutes long - poor really in this 78 cd minute age..
a very talented japanese artist who best work is not on "image" so approach with caution. 3 stars only i'm afraid.
-but I find these early curiosities transfixing nonetheless.
Way too short and consisting predominantly of demo-type material, this is not for headphone listening - distracting amounts of hiss, distortion and wow & flutter for my taste on the early stuff - especially through a very revealing system.