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ICHIKO AOBA

WINDSWEPT ADAN

BA DA BING!


Format: 2xLPs
Cata No: BING169
Barcode: 600197016916
REPRESS Ichiko Aoba’s albums have only been available as expensive Japanese
imports, until now. In November, Ba Da Bing will release Windswept
Adan on 2xLP in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom,
with deluxe packaging.
After creating her label, hermine, last year to celebrate her tenth
anniversary in music, Aoba released the most complex and rewarding
work of her career, 2020’s Windswept Adan. While audiences in
the west are only just learning she exists, her accomplishments are
unquestionable; she contributed to the soundtrack for The Legend of
Zelda: Link’s Awakening, was cited by Owen Pallett as an inspiration
(“I’ve never been so blindsided by a musician as I was by Ichiko
Aoba”), and has collaborated with the likes of Haruomi Hosono,
Cornelius (who met her only two years after she first picked up a
guitar and was blown away), Ryuichi Sakamoto, and recently Mac
DeMarco.
Ichiko Aoba’s iconic voice and classical guitar playing are
immediately recognizable, timeless sounds. Windswept Adan,
envisioned as a soundtrack for a fictional film, builds its own world with
sweeping co-production and arrangements from Taro Umebayashi,
which “recall the Wes Anderson scores of Mark Mothersbaugh or
the cinematographic swells of American composer Jherek Bischoff”
(Bandcamp). It’s the story of a young girl sent to the island of Adan, a
place where there are no words.
While international listeners of Aoba may not understand the words
she sings, and despite the central importance of lyrics in her writing,
it’s a testament to the power Aoba wields that one can resonate so
deeply with her work. No matter the breadth of her sonic palette, and
on Adan her scope is as wide and encompassing as Joanna Newsom’s
on Have One On Me, Aoba manifests an intimacy that makes one feel
in the room with her.
Ichiko Aoba’s work gained greater exposure in the past year as the
need for comfort grew while the world sequestered in solitude. She
has a rare musical gift that is matched only by her ability to hone it
into meticulous craft. Her music embraces and elevates alone time to a
generous and tranquil place. In it, listeners are invited to feel a sense of
consolation and possibility. The magic she imparts yields articles like
“Ichiko Aoba and the emotion of space during the pandemic;” in other
words, her effect is singular.

UK/IRE TOUR DATES: 
14 Southampton, MAST, GB
15 Bristol, Strange Brew, GB
16 Manchester, Burgess Foundation, GB
17 London, Kings Place, GB (SOLD OUT)
18 London, Rough Trade East (Instore Show), GB
19 Cork, Coughlans, IE
20 Dublin, The Workman's Cellar, IE

Tracks:

1. Prologue
2. Pilgrimage
3. Porcelain
4. Horo
5. Easter Lily
6. Parfum D??toiles
7. Kirinaki Shima
8. Sagu Palm?s Song
9. Chinuhaji
10. Chi No Kaze
11. Hagupit
12. Dawn In The Adan
13. Ohayashi
14. Adan No Shima No Tanjyosai

Press:

Domestic release of famed Japanese
artists acclaimed 2020 release
Has worked with Haruomi Hosono,
Cornelius, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and
Mac Demarco

 

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