Ichiko Aoba
0%


5.0
classic


Release Date: 01/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Presenting the most overlooked album of 2014.

An emerging talent straight from Japan, 25 years young, Ichiko Aoba is more of a mysterious entity than an artist on the rise. Asides from a few collaborations, most notably with Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame, there is very little known about Ichiko Aoba – the person, as well as the artist. With very little implication of just how she came to be where she’s at now, as well as her musical inspirations, Aoba is a total and absolute mystery to me. All that’s really known about her and where her musical career began was just that she started playing classical guitar at the young age of 17 and that her debut “Razor Maiden” was released when she was 19. Her music, however, reveals details about just where she got her inspiration and ideas from, such as the baroque music of the renaissance, the Spaniard folk music known as Flamenco, and classic folk musicians such as Tim Buckley.

Along with an eight year track record on the guitar, is also a voice that not only soars at one moment, but broods at another, and retains a soothing air of child-like innocence (most notably on 機械仕掛乃宇宙 – “Clockwork Ayano Space”) at the next without being grating or juvenile. 0% documents Aoba live as she is, a solo performance with scarcely any accompaniment by others, as well in an environment that suits her style greatly. The absolute quiet and solemn atmosphere throughout her performance keeps the audience in total silence, allowing for Aoba’s intricate and complex compositions to take center stage amidst all the field recordings and spoken-word recitals (i.e. the introduction to opener Airplane, the majority of the 22-minute epic いりぐちでぐち - “Complaining at the Inlet”) that populate the 90 minute setlist, consisting of material from her first four albums, as well as new material yet to be released. Every single tune on here is intimate, as if it is just Aoba and a small crowd in an abandoned warehouse somewhere neatly tucked in a secluded corner of Western Japan. Though I go on and on about how great this album is, 0% takes some getting used to, it’s quite challenging for its genre with all the various methods of experimentation Aoba undertook in her live show. The language may also be a barrier for some, though the foreign language adds mystery to just what exactly Aoba is singing, but with any other foreign language – to me – it adds an aura of beauty and mystique to the music and its subject.

While being a mystery to me, Ichiko Aoba’s 0% is just one of those albums that once it clicks with you, you just won’t stop coming back to it. It’s nothing entirely game-changing, but there’s something about it that is refreshing and innovative in the way it captures a live show, and the atmosphere a live show such as Aoba’s carries. 0% is definitely one of the most overlooked albums of 2014. Entitled as such, 0% is hardly the amount of effort and passion put into the performance Ichiko Aoba gave.



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Frippertronics
May 5th 2015


4327 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sue me



機械仕掛乃宇宙 – “Clockwork Ayano Space” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwxkU4EGtNM (video from the same show - 0% was recorded on 11/25/2013)





VaxXi
May 5th 2015


1578 Comments


Well, I'm not really sure what this Ichiko guy was expecting by using two symbols that google doesn't index in his album title.

Hell, the first thing you get if you google 0% album is this review, lol.

YakNips
May 6th 2015


16178 Comments


its a girl

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Frippertronics
May 6th 2015


4327 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ichiko Aoba isn't male though



dig the title, but people need to check this

VaxXi
May 6th 2015


1578 Comments


YEah, just found that out while I was trying to find this album in google.

Frippertronics
May 6th 2015


4327 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that ranking is perfect

ParanoidAndroid96
May 6th 2015


605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looks cool, her playing is incredible in that youtube video. might check this

RadicalEd
May 6th 2015


4393 Comments


Cannot find a stream or a dl.

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Frippertronics
May 6th 2015


4327 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

found two different downloads, I'll link you in your shoutbox.

Frippertronics
May 6th 2015


4327 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

and edited the titles since I stumbled upon Aoba's actual website with more accurate translations.

Mort.
May 6th 2015


6035 Comments


Good review bruh, posd

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sixdegrees
May 6th 2015


18743 Comments


This Ichiko guy

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Phlegm
May 6th 2015


7087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lmao

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FadedSun
May 6th 2015


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is subtle and gorgeous. Of course it's going to get overlooked. She's based in Japan, doesn't tour elsewhere and doesn't market her music in the West. Actually, she might have gone to Taiwan for a couple shows.



She's pretty accessible through Facebook and instagram. She posts a lot of photos. https://instagram.com/ichikoaoba/



Oh, looks like you can buy her album in the US Itunes store though. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album//id720743229



Well, not 0%, but 0, which is confusing. The albums share some songs.

Cygnatti
May 6th 2015


24987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2Nd best album of 2014

FadedSun
May 6th 2015


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What's the 1st?

BMDrummer
May 6th 2015


12267 Comments


try me

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Cygnatti
May 6th 2015


24987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah

itchybutthole
May 6th 2015


3930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn yo

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YakNips
May 6th 2015


16178 Comments


an abundance of strawberries



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