Susumu Yokota


Musical styles come and go but Yokota reigns supreme in a universe of his own making. ‘Dreamer’ is instantly familiar and yet full of surprises and like all of Yokota’s best music it leaves the listener in a state of wonder.

This is meditative music but miles away from new age wallpaper.

Eastern flavours permeate many of the tracks, often mixed with free electronic noise to create what John Hassell called ‘fourth world music’, capable of transporting the listener to a brand new world. Sounds that in other hands could have a disturbing effect are transformed into tools for opening the mind.

Within ‘popular’ music there are few that make music with Yokota’s depth and ease. His music never sounds forced, fake or phoney, never trite, tired or tentative, always fully formed and wholesome. So it comes as no surprise that his fans include Thom Yorke, Brian Eno and Philip Glass and that ‘Dreamer’ is another superb addition to the Yokota catalogue.