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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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Initial post: 1 Jul 2011 22:08:08 BDT
have you heard "Magic Thread " - thats my fave by Yokota . or the more psychedelic/surreal "Grinning Cat" - best mixture of oriental , minimal + ambient filtered through his unique soundscapes+ vision. yum !

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2011 21:43:20 BDT
yes, both are great! yokota is a genius! i also like love or die and baroque plus boy and the tree; all of them are great. this new one was definitely original, although maybe a bit cyber-like. you should check out his earlier stuff like zero and 1998 and 1999 - really jazzy stuff, house musis for people who dont like house and break beat pop!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2011 12:47:44 BDT
thks for yr tips on the other Susumu lp s also. his music is addictive !
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