Aiko Shimada | Like Hannah

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Like Hannah

by Aiko Shimada

Cinematic, meditative, and rich with musical subtleties. Vocals, flugel horn, drums, upright bass, and guitars.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Bud (feat. Dave Brogan & Troy Swanson)
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2. You
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3. Ireland
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4. Winter Light
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5. Autumn Song
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6. Blossom
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7. Crane
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8. In Our Park
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9. Loneliness
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10. Like Hannah
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11. Shhhh...
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12. Tulip Song (feat. Hannah Joan McCarthy)
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Album Notes
This brand new CD, "Like Hannah" is her 7th CD. It is released on her own label, Bera Records. People often find it difficult to categorize Aiko's music since different people hear different musical elements in her music. Often the descriptions are total opposite, depends on who listens. This CD features her own band members including Dave Carter (flugel horn), Dave Brogan (drums) and Mark Collins (upright bass). Special guest appearances by Troy Swanson (Corpus Callosome - handmade instruments), Paul Moore (accordion), and Hannah Joan McCarthy (her 1 year-old niece).


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Ingrid Gilbert

Beautiful, complex and original music
The best artist I've heard in years. Her music is never derivative sounding or overly predicatable, at the same time it is accessible and emotionally moving. Can't recommend it highly enough.


Aiko and Hannah's Mojo
It has airy passages, like a lot of modern folk (or New-Age-Passing-For-Folk) excursions, but it also has dark, sinewy little hooks that dig in and stay in one's mind long after the CD is over. It wanders, but it never leaves you without a trail of breadcrumbs with which to find your way home. Or something. :o Way to go, Ms. Shimada. :)

Listener in Renton, WA

I am hooked on this CD!
I was driving down a crowded freeway when I first listened to this CD. Suddenly, the frustrations and anxiety of freeway driving disappeared, and my mind was filled with the intriguing sounds of this group. From the first words, "Walk with me...through this place," I was completely hooked. Each song offers creative textures of gentle horn, percussion, and bass with Aiko's amazing voice, a voice that reaches inside, makes my heart warm. There is something about this music that makes me feel introspective yet somehow happy in a simple, carefree way.

CD Baby

One of CD Baby's favorite artists, this woman never ceases to amaze and indulge the emotions and imagination, with a stunning and original, reflective sound that falls somewhere in the open expanse between the dark and shadowy corners of the subconscious and the dazzling and penetrated realms of the mind. This gorgeous album seems to exist in those multiple worlds simultaneously- dipping deeply into a rich harmonic palette of jazz, the light accessible delivery of folk and the bright immediacy of pop. If for no other reason, find out why CD Baby employees get a spring in their step at the mentioning of this woman. Aiko redefines the bounds of the word "lush."

Richard Seibert

What a Wonderful Album! An Great Antidote to a Hectic Day!
The second best thing to enjoying the warmth and creativity of an Aiko concert live is listening to one of her wonderful CD's. As soon as I heard "Like Hannah" was soon to be released, I had placed my order. And when it arrived, I wasn't disappointed! The combination of Aiko's entrancing voice and the beautiful mix of instrumentation by her talented band create a wonderful piece of art. The layered blend of sounds creates the necessary magic and mystery to help melt away the stresses of a hectic day, with intelligence and emotion.

James Alexander

Ethereal beauty....mesmerizing.. -- Great!
Aiko Shimada continues to tap into a rich vein of artistry that seems to reveal greater depth and beauty with each successive collection. Here, she combines graceful, flowing vocals with guitar and expertly understated flugel horn into a captivating, compelling mix. "Crane" is a personal favorite -- a story-song where the instrumentation and the story evolve together beautifully, slowly revealing one alluring facet after another...