Kato Hideki

Hope & Despair

Catalog #: JNR407    Release Date: 02/01/2023

$ 22.00 USD  

*Physical vinyl colors are each unique due to the nature of the format.
Expect a variation of our mock-up.


Track Listing / Listen

  1. Hope & Despair
  2. Your Angry Face
  3. Tolerance
  4. Double Dream
  5. Fatigue
  6. Song For A Scavenger
  7. Watching The Sleeping Lover
  8. Savage
  9. A Tale Of A Snake
  10. Against The Sky


Composed & produced by Kato Hideki
Recorded by Bryce Goggin at Baby Monster Studio & Kato Hideki
Mixed & remastered by Kato Hideki
Reissue coordinated by Michael Kaufmann (THIS IS MERU)
Album cover photograph by Alec Soth (MAGNUM PHOTOS)
© & ℗ Kato Hideki / Open Circuit Music (BMI)

Kato Hideki: acoustic bass, slide guitar & percussion
Dougie Bowne: drums
Zeena Parkins: acoustic harp
Masahiko Kono: trombone & electronics
Keitaro Terasaki: piano (“Tolerance”)
John Zorn: piano (“Double Dream”)
Makio Tada: electronics
Michiaki Tanaka: percussion
Gen Ogimi: percussion

Originally inspired by Robert Frank’s photography, Kato Hideki created music based on an idea - taking sonic snapshots of New York and its most inspiring musicians - including John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Dougie Bowne and Masahiko Kono, along with musicians from Tokyo. The result was an evocative album filled with acoustic and electronic sounds of New York City in the mid 1990’s. The music morphs from one scene to another, as if turning the pages of photographic images. The album, originally released on the Australian label Extreme in 1996, has been newly remastered in 2021, with new album art by the critically acclaimed photographer Alec Soth (Magnum Photos).


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