Listening to Ichiko Aoba's music each time creates a huge amount of positive feelings in me and causes a natural and sincere smile on my lips that always stays there throughout her albums. Feelings such as happiness, fulfillment, gratitude and hope are one of the many that are scratched in my subconscious and bring incredible relief to my soul. Over the last year or so, since I found the music of this artist, she has slowly become one of the most important musical figures in my life. Her album "0" is for me at this point more than just music, every sound and every song on this album speaks to me in an incredibly emotional way and the melodies created by the minimalistic use of the guitar and absolutely beautiful voice carry a musical spectacle that has no equal, at this point nothing is able to match this album, this is the album of my life and every time I listen to it I feel like leaving it as my only perfect score because nothing at this point is even close to perfection presented by "0".
For years, Ichiko Aoba was a master of picturesque but very minimalistic folk, which consisted mainly of a symbiosis of a woman and a guitar, which, although beautiful, needed some evolution, some change, some inspiration. Yes, it's true, on "0" there were some elements of beautiful ambient and noise, which in my opinion were some of the most beautiful moments on the album, but only in アダンの風 we have the aftermath of this change and evolution that I mentioned. An incredibly ambitious and sophisticated album that broke with all the patterns of her previous albums and allowed her to redefine herself, allowed her to express her artistic depth and show the world how wonderful and phenomenal she is. On the album you can hear many beautiful musical soundscapes which are painted using not only guitar but also strings, Japanese classical instruments or different kinds of synthesizers and pianos. There are also a lot of ambient elements which fit beautifully into the songs and add climate and atmosphere to them. To feel naturalness and a human contact with nature is an extremely important element in this album. You can hear the sound of the sea, the joyful singing of birds and the wind blowing with lightness and without limits, these are sounds that soothe us naturally even if we do not think about it. When you give it a little thought it will become clear that nature has the most beautiful soundtrack you can think of.
Listening to this album you can feel this closeness to nature, imagine you are walking on the beach, the sunrise announces its coming and you are walking with your bare feet on the cold sand listening to the sound of the waves, the laughter of the seagulls while you breathe the wonderfully crisp morning breeze into your lungs, you are alive, you are grateful, you love this moment, yourself and the whole world around you, the world in which you are trying to see only the goodness and beauty itself, You don't have bad thoughts, because the music that surrounds you only has a positive effect on you, gives you protection, creates your little world that you don't want to leave, becomes a part of you that you are never going to let go of, you are here, you are alive, and now take a deep breath and lie down on the sand, connect with nature, forget about everything and be in the present. How do you feel? Wonderful, because this is what this album is, it’s wonderful and sublime🌸
Cover art 10/10
This is undoubtedly one of the greatest album covers I have ever seen. It is beautiful, natural and so...human. Aesthetics exactly as I like it, slightly fuzzy, understated, mysterious, but it has something in it that grabs your heart, perfection🤍