Last week I posted a list of my Top 10 favorite ambient albums. I’m already revising it. I’ve been a fan of ambient music for years, and writing this column has taken me deeper into (and given me a deeper appreciation for) the genre. This week I discovered an amazing artist – Susumu Yokota. Sadly, Yokota passed away last year at the age of 54. It’s always sad to discover a truly unique musician after they’ve departed from the Earth.
Yokota’s music is a beautiful mix of various electronic and other styles, including ambient, new age, jazz, nature sounds, house and drum and bass – and it occasionally includes elements of traditional Japanese music. The music feels so alive, peaceful and mysterious.
Yokota released dozens of albums during the course of his career. “My Energy” – a six-track posthumous EP – was released on Bandcamp last year as a pay-what-you-want release and, as a tribute to the lifelong animal lover, all proceeds benefit Animal Refuge Kansai.
Here is a selection of Yokota’s work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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