Saturday, April 15, 2006

Susumu Yokota - Symbol

Japanese culture is really intriguing. Instead of creating completely new things, Japan has specialized in adapting what the other regions have invented and perfect it, making it their own. In the meantime, their cities are the paradigm of cosmopolitan culture but on the other hand there's a big obsession with nature everywhere.
All these contrasts reflect in their music, from Silent Poets to United Future Organization, Chari Chari, Reflection or Nobukazu Takemura and now in Susumu Yokota's new album. The concept in "Symbol" is not particularly new: mixing classical music with electronic sounds. But it's perfectly and beautifully done, creating a possible soundtrack to our dreams of paradise landscapes.

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