"Gift" at Sogetsu Hall

Ichiko Aoba - "Gift" at Sogetsu Hall
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Based on 150 ratings
2020 Ratings: #10
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April 3, 2020 / Release Date
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Inglume
78
Serenity and composure are just one pluck of a guitar string away.

A minimal live performance of staggering proportions, Ichiko Aoba offers a very special gift from afar, an antidote to treat and heal our sickened minds in a time of quarantine. The only ingredients of this therapeutic remedy: delicate strings of an acoustic guitar and the heavenly voice of an angel. It's authentic foreign folk tunes stripped to its bare essentials, though what you get out of it emotionally is far more ... read more
lachlantula
89
Another fragile masterwork; Aoba's breathy intimate vocals continue to console our weary hearts.
Doofly
90
The most beautiful listen of 2020 and it only has 81 ratings makes me sad :(
Maygirl
98
So fucking beautiful

Edit: Now that I've listened to this performance 5 times as well as her entire discography in the span of last night at 4am until today at 8pm, I might as well say some things about this masterpiece.

Ichiko Aoba's voice is something that has become apart of my soul. I can't remember the last time I've felt so at peace with myself. Her soft, yet so powerful voice, accompanied by such pretty concise acoustic guitar playing, legitimately clears your mind. This live ... read more
kosu
90
Ichiko Aoba is incredibly talented, just the fact that she did this live shows how amazing her vocal range really is, this is one of the most beautiful albums i've heard, i like her other albums too but i feel like the style in which she accomplish the most out of his vocals and guitar, is this one, live.

Where you can actually understand the flaws in her voice and in the guitar notes, but that just makes this album so amazing for me, the fact that the flaws make this album more beautiful with ... read more
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Track List

  1. amuletum ("gift" live ver.)
  2. The rain from light and shadow ("gift" live ver.)
  3. Orphaned rain ("gift" live ver.)
  4. Kokoro no Sekai ("gift" live ver.)
  5. Fuwarin ("gift" live ver.)
  6. Lace no Mukou ("gift" live ver.)
  7. Hoshi no Present ("gift" live ver.)
  8. Mr sun ("gift" live ver.)
  9. Shoujo to Ori ("gift" live ver.)
  10. Onigashima ("gift" live ver.)
  11. Kikai Jikake no Uchu ("gift" live ver.)
  12. Pochette no Outa ("gift" live ver.)
  13. Tooi Akogare ("gift" live ver.)
  14. A hill of the moon ("gift" live ver.)
  15. Kiseki wa Itsudemo ("gift" live ver.)
  16. bouquet ("gift" live ver.)
  17. Mazel tov ("gift" live ver.)
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Added on: April 3, 2020