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Grinning Cat

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Leaf (Caroline)
  • ASIN: 5554096409
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
Unarguably one of the Japans most prominent and prolific musicians/producers of electronica music...his output moves from house to electronica...but he's undoubtedly best known for his sublime ambient / ambient techno work. His ability to make interesting musical shapes out of simple structures or abstract melodies, has earned him something of a devoted following. With this release...he's managed to skilfully incorporate, and construct an album that is largely rooted in the ambient genre, that he has over the years, become hailed for, but interestingly integrated the soft, more intimate side of electroncia. And with the clever use of reverberating guitar, delicate piano, and harmonious acoustic keyboard, and a multitude of layered electronic effects in such a uniquely interesting or arresting way, that those that would usually resist any album that features `ambient', but like downtempo electronica, can approach without any reservations.

What makes this album all the more surprising is that fact that Yokota isn't afraid to mess with the traditional structures of music....tracks that touch upon the more genteel side of electronica / techno....are beautifully organic, and lack much of the cold, mechanical feel of techno. And yet with the more ambient orientated tracks, subtle elements of drum programming and snare rolls, make for a strange hybrid of musical genres rubbing against each other...but ending up with incredibly pleasing results. It's a record that explores possibilities...and so, ideas and directions are throw around and experimented with, yet all the tracks contain a consistency throughout, even though the tracks remain individual in themselves.
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I bought this album having heard "King Dragonfly" - a wonderfully exciting & atmospheric mix of bustling electronica drum-beats, insidiously repetitive chants, and slightly "off the wall" piano chord sequences - expecting, as you do, more of the same. What I got is something very different: a set of what's best described as electronic/ambient "tone" sequences. Bad news? Well it certainly wasn't what I expected but sometimes that's good news because after a few times through it starts growing on you and then, before you know where you are, you're hitting the replay button. Just don't expect the easy ride that "King Dragonfly" suggests.
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grinning cat was a staff recommendation at the local borders bookstore recently, so i decided to give it a listen. after getting a taste for each track, i bought the cd. it's absolutely AMAZING, giving electronica and minimalism fans something entirely different from the norm. the review on the front of the case labeled it a cross between brian eno and aphex twin, which is a comparison i would not disagree with. the entire album is incredibly calming; when you hear it, you get this feeling that you're listening to something no one's ever done before, which puts it on a higher plane. the classical piano loops add an element of class to the album, making it one of the best cds i've bought in a long time!!
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As someone who probably owns more ambient music than any human should, I was kind of getting tired the way things were going in the late 90s with the Orb getting (really) old and glitch-hop only marginally interesting. Then I picked up Grinning Cat, which has overtaken Nobukazu Takemura's Hoshi No Koe to become the coolest Japanese experimental chill-out CD ever. Very unusual juxtapositions of loops that don't seem to fit, but do thanks to Yokota's assured manipulative spirit. I still haven't heard Sakura, but rest assured its next on my wishlist...
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By A Customer on October 19, 2001
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Like a crossing between Chari Chari and Aphex's "Selected Ambient Works II" (looks quite impossible,doesn't it?).Just a great record to get a move on.A slow,loopy and ambiental sound...just perfect to rest and take a ride deep into your toughts and feel "Grinning Cat" as the soundtrack of your journey.Marvelous!
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This one album changed my preference in music. Buy on sight.

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