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New Album From Violinist, Singer, and Composer Kishi Bashi!
Violinist, singer, and composer Kishi Bashi's new album entitled "Lighght"
(pronounced "Light") continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed
debut, "151a"--which earned Kishi Bashi the title of "Best New Artist" by NPR.
Since the profundly successful release of "151a" two years ago, Kishi Bashi has
toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across the globe with his loop-based
live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees.
"151a" was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi was touring and
recording with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and Of Montreal (where he was a
full-time member and co-producer). In late 2012, after the success of "151a,"
Kishi Bashi decided to focus solely on his own music and began composing the new
material which has become "Lighght."
"Lighght" takes its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan.
As Kishi Bashi explains, "The poem's blatant assault on literary convention
and classical form was attractive to me." It is apparent that such an
approach informed the new album, which has both broadened and redefined his
classical foundations. "Though I have studied classical composition, I prefer
to take an unconventional path when it comes to creating and thinking about
music," says Kishi Bashi.
Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi
has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation.
Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged
arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more
than a few moments that flirt with 70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).
If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that's because it is. But it works. Listen and see.
• Black Vinyl
1. Debut - Impromptu
2. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
3. The Ballad of Mr. Steak
4. Carry on Phenomenon
5. Bittersweet Genesis for Him and Her
6. Impromptu no 1
8. Once Upon a Lucid Dream (In Afrikaans)
9. Hahaha Pt. 1
10. Hahaha Pt. 2
11. In Fantasia