Susumu Yokota – Cloud Hidden
Searching For The Hermit In Vain
I asked the boy beneath the pines, He said ‘The masters gone alone Herb-picking somewhere on the mount Cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown’
Chia Tao (777-841) Trans. Lin Yutang
Prolific producer Susumu Yakota (aka Ebi, Prism and many other aliases) passed on from this world five years ago, but his deep and nourishing body of work continues to sustain and thrive. Cloud Hidden is an album of previously unreleased pieces of an organic, vaporous nature, shaped from a discovered DAT tape containing sketches of tracks that became The Boy and the Tree (2002).
Mark Beazley, who found the tape, sent its contents to John Tye of Lo Recordings, who “decided to do my best to honour the spirit and legacy of Yokota’s work by completing the tracks in a way which I thought he would approve”. It is named after Alan Watts’ Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown, which Tye was reading when the tracks were mixed. Opening out with “Spectrum of Love,” the album careens through lively, breathless expressions of ambience to their more ruminative counterparts, melding organic rhythmic textures with heavenly melodics in an undisputedly spiritual key.