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Kishi Bashi

Titel / Title Lighght 
Label Joyful Noise 
Total run time
37 min 
Vö/ReleaseMarch 2014 
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The new album by Kishi Bashi has an noticeable brilliant, crystal clear mixed sound, wonderful. The medium on which the music can spread with all the ideas and variety. This is the project of multi-instrumentalist Kaoro Ishibashi, his alter ego poured into music, unique, talented and intelligent. However, the primary instrument is the violin, sometimes played in a classic style, but often modified with electronic loops and distortions. In addition, the man has got a beautiful, melodious and versatile voice along the way.

Is it pop music? Somehow, yes, maybe described as avant-garde pop. In the beginning it´s possible to think about the bright earworm sound-scapes of the early Barclay James Harvest (“Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It!”) combined with the polyphonic hooks by Abba (“Carry On Phenomenon“). Positive, bright, luminous, a sound with a lot of sky above. Although the songs seem simple, they are not. The rhythms give a complex framework, the feathery sounds are achieved by very sensitive arrangements. Experimental snippets mix in the songs, reminiscences flow partially into the further course and make remember of bands like The Nits ("Bitter Sweet Genesis for Him and Her"), Eels ("Q&A"), Vangelis ("Hahaha Pt.2 "), and finally in the song "In Fantasia" you might think of the vocals of Alan Parsons Project. For all this, these feelings and recollections turn in a standalone Kishi Bashi universe.

The catchy start of the album developes more and more to a yourney of varying impressions and at the end to an even melancholic or thoughtful finale. A really deep, convincing and excellent second long player from the man, who was born in Seattle, grew up at the eat coast in Virginia, but originally should have a lot of Japanese genes in his blood which work like a spice inside the tunes. Kishi Bashi weaves a carpet with a lot of inspirations - some of them make think about the experimental 70th prog, some of them about the cheerful 80th, but some create new spiritual aspects from tomorrow ages.

Andreas Torneberg

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