Ichiko Aoba -
"Gift" at Sogetsu Hall
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Inglume
88
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.
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
wainotwhy
93
it's an ichiko aoba album
their_nickname
85
Ichiko Aoba is a singular artist whose beauty is transcendent in her songwriting. This intimate engagement is truly a gift. This performance is starkly minimal, but that is all it needs to be. This is soothing and beautiful, authentic Japanese inspired folk with a voice that is both meek and stirringly rich. The concise acoustic plucks are all that is needed as accompaniment. I can't wait for her to deliver a new batch of originals, but this quietly lovely affair is a wonderful taste to tide us ... read more
khora
NR
“There are many wonderful aspects of music—it brings back memories, smell, touch—and in exchange we are continually renewed through it—in new modes of life, time, and atmosphere…”
-Track 6 (5:42)

Sōgetsu Kaikan in its current form was completed in the 52nd year of Showa or 1977—just two years before the founder of the Sōgetsu School of ikebana, Teshigahara Sōfu passed away; the building, which serves as the main headquarters, gallery and ... read more
fleuress
90
So simple, but so beautiful. The echo and white noise from the live hall, the guitar, and Aoba's serene voice all combine to make an incredibly relaxing experience.
qd
NR
everytime she came to taiwan, i missed the chance to see her live
yet everytime i see her live material online, im more certain that she is a national treasure from ... read more
99
Beautiful. Perfect.
usedtobe
93
Spectacularly fragile, homespun and minimalist at an equal measure, this live recording from contemporary Japanese folk singer-songwriter Ichiko Aoba is aptly titled, literally and figuratively, a gift that keeps on giving with layers of soothing vocals and gently plucked guitars. It's an escape to uncertainty, a soothing presence in a cold night, a calm to a raging storm. Perhaps, this dichotomy is shared precisely in a moment where we needed comfort the most.
amelietur
89
Minimalist, sensible but undeniably lovely.
gopxity
90
Wow. I've never heard anything from her before but this is so peaceful and beautiful. It helped me relieve some stress while studying for my final exams. I love it
Filthymitsk
91
It's raining outside today and this was probably the best album to stumble across right now. It completely soothed me. I even cried a bit I think.
It's been a long time since I've heard a voice this beautiful.
EthanWee
90
genuinely one of the most beautiful listening experiences I've had in a while
fabriziolonzini
90
I just needed something like this in this period!
WildChameleon
65
This is a beautiful performance. Very solid and detailed vocals. Her instrumentation perfectly matches it. I don't understand her lyrics so I will be VERY biased because I can only judge on what I hear.

Even if she has a very fine work with the lyrics, her emotions aren't that really good traduced in her vocals because she plays on the same layer of sensibility. You need to texture more if you want bigger variations. It is sensibility and beauty all the time and as I continue to listen, the ... read more
indaskreets
91
yes.
Flannel_
80
Listening to this album will make you feel your worries almost literally melt away.
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