ALBUM REVIEW: Ichiko Aoba – Windswept Adan | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 03.12.21






Ichiko Aoba’s seventh studio album relates the journey of a young girl across the South Pacific sea, as she travels to the fictional island of Adan. We hear the faint tinkling of bells, waves, birds, faraway flutes, muted pianos and the dispassionately sirenic voice of Aoba, hovering above everything.

This is extremely slow, sub-maritime music. Life seems to happen behind an opaque glass – it is simultaneously precise and muffled, obstinately impenetrable and lonely. The coldness of the digital recording reinforces the feeling of distance. And I cannot help contrasting Windswept Adan with Pacific’s 1978 album – an earlier musical imagining of the South Pacific sea, composed by Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki and Tatsuro Takahashi – where every element seemed magically alive.


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