Tomorrow Yoko Ono’s new release “Yes, I’m A Witch Too,” the sequel to her 2007 collaboration record “Yes, I’m A Witch” is set to drop via Manimal Group as a double vinyl set, as well as in deluxe CD and digital formats. This time around she revisits her musical ouvre in collaboration with musicians like Death Cab For Cutie, Peter Bjorn and John, and Sparks, as well as her son, Sean Ono Lennon. Some of the more interesting track listings are “Walking On Thin Ice” ONO-Danny Tenaglia, “Give Me Something” ONO-Sparks and “No Bed For Beatle John” ONO-Ebony Bones!
This is less of a review and more of an observation, the same way this album is not so much songs as impressions. I have always been a fan of Yoko, no matter what the critics said. When I saw her live a few years ago I realized her music is like opera; it can’t be fully appreciated by listening to a recording.
If you listen to this album wanting music to relax to or dance to, you will be disappointed. This music is an experience. You can’t force your own paradigm on it. You have to relax and just let it happen. What at first sounds like a series of irritating video game bleeps slowly reveals itself to be taking a circular path that your mind starts to follow in a strange meditative state. I am not on drugs, but I think they would help listeners to appreciate these intricacies. So would lying on the floor in a dark room.
I was just listening to this and enjoying it! It’s streaming here: http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/02/exclusive-stream-yoko-onos-new-lp.html