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Artist
Susumu Yokota
ReleaseProduct
Symbol
Label
Lo Recordings
Catalogue Number
Lo190DA
Release Date
April 8, 2022

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London independent imprint Lo Recordings are excited to announce that they will release a vinyl version of the ‘Symbol’ album by the late Japanese electronic pioneer Susumu Yokota on the 8th of April 2022.

Originally released in 2004, the special limited edition reissue comes in a newly designed and beautifully packaged gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Ben Eshmade and Tsutomu Noda.

The prolific Yokota rightly saw this album as his masterwork. An incredible kaleidoscopic patchwork of samples from classical recordings by the likes of John Cage, Meredith Monk, Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel and Tchaikovsky are brought together and lovingly transformed in Yokota’s inimitable style to create what Pitchfork described as an "ecstasy album”

Each track is a firework of temporality, as ideas collide and briefly hold together in the fragile moment before decaying and decomposing. Sampling, the re-imagining of music, is very much the instrument of Yokota. Within the restricted seconds of a digital sample you hear a recording from a certain time, you hear the room, you hear the dust on the cello bow, and you can just about sense what the musician was feeling that day.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Long Long Silk Bridge 2:59 Buy

    Long Long Silk Bridge

  2. 2 Purple Rose Minuet 3:33 Buy

    Purple Rose Minuet

  3. 3 Traveler in the Wonderland 4:00 Buy

    Traveler in the Wonderland

  4. 4 Song of the Sleeping Forest 3:49 Buy

    Song of the Sleeping Forest

  5. 5 the Plateau Which the Zephyr of Flora Occupies 2:25 Buy

    the Plateau Which the Zephyr of Flora Occupies

  6. 6 Fairy Dance of Twinkle and Shadow 4:17 Buy

    Fairy Dance of Twinkle and Shadow

  7. 7 Flaming Love and Destiny 4:54 Buy

    Flaming Love and Destiny

  8. 8 the Dying Black Swan 2:20 Buy

    the Dying Black Swan

  9. 9 Blue Sky and Yellow Sunflower 3:14 Buy

    Blue Sky and Yellow Sunflower

  10. 10 Capriccio and the Innovative Composor 2:02 Buy

    Capriccio and the Innovative Composor

  11. 11 I Close the Door Upon Myself 2:24 Buy

    I Close the Door Upon Myself

  12. 12 Symbol of Life, Love, and Aesthetics 3:53 Buy

    Symbol of Life, Love, and Aesthetics

  13. 13 Music From the Lake Surface 3:12 Buy

    Music From the Lake Surface

  14. 14 Symbol of Love (Ocean Moon Remix) 5:19 Buy

    Symbol of Love (Ocean Moon Remix)

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