Sunday A.M. Radio: Susumu Yokota

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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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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