Lighght

by Kishi Bashi

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about

Kishi Bashi’s sophomore album entitled "Lighght" (pronounced "Light") continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, "151a".

"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).

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released 13 May 2014

All music by Kishi Bashi with a little help from his friends:
-Kevin Barnes plays bass on “Hahaha Pt. 2”, additional vocals “In Afrikaans”;
-Yoed Nir, cello on “Philosophize!” , “In Afrikaans”, “Q&A”, “In Fantasia”;
-Amos Housworth, cello on “Philosophize!” and “Bittersweet Genesis”;
-Keiko Ishibashi, vocals on “Q&A” and “Impromptu no 1”;
-Daniel “Maniel” Brunner and Mike “Tall Tall” Savino vocals on “Carry On Phenomenon”;
-Zac Colwell, Juno 60 on “Hahaha Pt. 2” and “In Afrikaans”;
-Davey “Medallius” Pierce, miniMoog midi-fying “In Afrikaans”;
-Sola Ravel, good will on everything;
-Clayton Rychlik, drums on “Carry On Phenomenon”, “Philosophize!”, “Mr.Steak”, “In Afrikaans”, “Hahaha Pt. 2”;
-Phillip Mayer, additional drums on “Philosophize!”.
-Clapping by The Athens Christmas Caroling Friends : Elijah Neesmith, Garrett Chism, Patrick Weiss, Harper Calhoun, Sage O’Reilly, Ken, Melinda, and Glenly Manring.

Produced by Kishi Bashi.
Recorded at @ Home Studios, Athens, GA with Drew Vandenberg.
Additional recording by Will Manning at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA, Jackie Paolella at Clay Garden Studios, Norfolk, VA.
Drums recorded by Kevin and Drew @ Apollinaire Rave.
Mixed by Drew Vandenberg & Kishi Bashi at Sweet Tea Recording, Oxford, MS.
“Philosophize!” mixed at Chase Park Transduction.
All songs by K Ishibashi (Kizmoda Music Inc/ASCAP).
©&℗ 2014 Joyful Noise Recordings & Kishi Bashi.

Cover Artwork by Susan Pelham: tillmanpelham@gmail.com
Layout by David J. Woodruff & Sons
Kishi Bashi uses CodaBow and L.R. Baggs

Thank you to all my wonderful supporters for your encouragement without which this album would not have been made! Thank you Keiko and Sola for tolerating my unending obsession yet again. Words can not express my gratitude to my parents for always believing in me. Thanks to my amazing team of professionals and friends (and enablers): Karl, Kiely, David, Corey, Daniel, Brendan, and Dylan, @ Joyful Noise (”the little label that IS”) , Tom, Kari, Christine, and Peter and the great people @ Esther Creative for encouragement and direction, Christian & Emilio @TAG for keeping me on the road, Robert & Cindy, Drew, Kevin, and all the amazing musicians and artists that inspire me: Zac, Yoed, Amos, Clayton, Dana Jo, Jules, Mike, Daniel, Dave. Thanks to Jin & Atsuko @ Bittersweet for helping me grow in Japan!

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Track Name: Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
And if you fly into the sky
and if your body is a penny and dime
ready to throw it in a fountain of my many monies
and if you push it I will take you offline
Philosophize in it! Chemicalize with it!
I fell in love with you the only way I know
I went for many miles until I couldn't go
concerned but anyways, I didn't even know about you and me

I made a guess about your craziness and no,
I didn't even think about how many boys you've been with before
concerned but anyways I love everything about you

And if your body is a penny and dime
ready to throw it in a fountain of my many monies
and if you push it I will take you offline
Philosophize in it! Chemicalize with it!

Picture our wedding it'd be summer sour and summer sweet
we'd paint the ceiling red, we'd go to the Greek and straight to the street
concerned but never bleak
we'd find the day about you and me

and with our eyes we shall see
between you and me
who's crazier for the other one?
it's me... it's you... it's me… no, it's you...

And if you fly into the sky
and if you push it I will take you offline

And if your body is a penny and dime
ready to throw it in a fountain of my many monies
and if you push it I will take you offline
Philosophize in it! Chemicalize with it!
Track Name: The Ballad of Mr. Steak
Did fate mistake us for a pair of star crossed lovers?
the savory ending wasn't drowned in salt and pepper
and as we danced together, I cried a funny smile
as I felt you awake in the heat of feast
now you're gone forever now inside myself here we go

ooh Mr. Steak you were Grade A

I believe when a man's in love he'll do anything he wants
he'll do anything that will come to his mind
and like that, Mr. Steak was in love every minute of his mind:
he's stepping left and right cha-cha
he came to me in a package of delight
every other meal paled in his shadow ooh
he picked me, not the other way around
he came bursting at the seams
he pranced around la la

He brought the 1 2 3 he brought the four on the floor
he loved to move he was everything and more
and every bite just made him dance more and more
he loved to
Mr. Steak you were Grade A

Mr. Steak, he's such a bachelor at heart
he'd never met another cut that likes to booty booty shaky shake
do you believe that a steak couldn't love
or is hard to manage the fact of meat jerkin to the beat
but Mr. Steak he is practically an animal of joy
the rarest of all cuts: tenderloin
it was a tragedy of unimaginable fate his legend lives across the land
hand in hand here we go he brought the 1

He brought the 1 2 3 he brought the four on the floor
he loved to move he was everything and more
and every bite just made him dance more and more
he loved to
Mr. Steak you were great, eh?
Track Name: Carry on Phenomenon
What a beautiful life away, naked from all the Apollonians
for their radiance shines on and on
when endowed with promises, majestic with all the stallions
but the fateful truth burns on and on

When in doubt you made me stay connected in with the beyond and on
like when the radio plays on and on

So the earth would dry of song if i sang you one
Carry on! Carry on Phenomenon!
so you got the best of me so amazingly
Carry on! Carry on Phenomenon and on and on...

Oh the way that you waved to me, it awakened me in shock and awe
during the reigning age of Solomon and on and on
my nefarious state of mind illuminate in every song
for your serenade plays on and on…

So the earth would dry of song if i sang you one,
Carry on! Carry on Phenomenon!
so you got the best of me so amazingly
Carry on! Carry on Phenomenon and on and on...
Track Name: Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
In the beginning we were scrambled together
mixed in a celestial bowl and hand fluffed with a feather
and the tears of bliss were not amiss
it was a good day

the second day, we created the earth
tickled in irony as we made love upon it's girth.
and to our delight, the sun gave us the stars

the creation of the moon was a miracle of light
descended from the rift in the dark star of night
my veins pulsed butter as it illuminated your thighs

on the fourth day, we felt compelled to whistle.
For how could we call the love birds to nestle
and keep us company in this world anew and fresh?

Today I paint to life, a portrait of the sacred friend, the perfect wife
in synesthesia
together we have filled the world with colored wine
but the story nears the present time
of restlessness and wake up calls
wake up!

Years have flown fast but then who's counting
the wars have been won but there's few left standing between us
and the shadows of christmas past

critically acclaimed but sadly underrated
fortune definitely favored us, but no one celebrated
our wits were splitting at their ends...

we gazed upon the city lights
we each laughed aloud one final time and agreed:
this is one thing we'll miss…

and as we held our breath and forced our will
the minutes stopped, the air was still
and minds began to unlearn their faulted ways

We blasted through the hills!
they were the first to go, and the most painful so
because we made them first when we learned to bleed
with our fingers on the seeds that sowed in the dirt
and then cried when we came in the glorious masterwork of life ending
and beginning again

we ignored the pleas of the forest and the seas
as we scorched the earth with our tears…
we burned them in fear
until there's nothing left
nothing left
nothing, nothing left
but us
Track Name: Q&A
you are the answer to my question
you are my accomplice in a crime
you are my wing woman and did I mention
we were together in another life?
in that dreaming, you probably were my wife

Hotaru Hotaru*
futari no yume wo mireru hotaru no
Hotaru Hotaru
tsuneru to yume ga
sameru hotaruyoru

’cause we worshipped in sin for fun
two melting candles against the sun
modern angels they broke our wings in the wind
for what?

decorated by man and time
ornamental and quite devine
manifested in their commitment to
flay our minds

you are the answer to my question
you are my accomplice in a crime
you are my wing woman and did I mention
we were together in another life?
In that moment, you probably were my wife

Hotaru Hotaru
futari no yume wo mireru hotaru yoru

In the twilight they danced and played
the fireflies they go light like cray
in the dreaming we struck each other and prayed
for pain

you are the answer to my question
you are my accomplice in a crime
you are my wing woman and did I mention
we were together in another life?
In that dreaming, you probably were my wife

*Japanese translation: “firefly firefly
two dreams we saw of fireflies
with a pinch, we'll be awoken
from the night of fireflies”
Track Name: Once Upon a Lucid Dream (in Afrikaans)
Count off to the feel of your beat yeah
make it rain on my melody
am I man enough to man this sunny afternoon?
I fell off from the throne of the maker
made a mess of a parody
I can count a little fun as many things too soon

and your radiance came around
on the heels of a magical mystery
and the beauty of your major key
the ambitions as a survivor
make stronger a man of me
but the enemy of mine is staring back as you

I need to know this love is real
I want to feel the sadness

I want to know how it tastes
when you throw it at the moon
I want my heart to be cold as ice
I want to take it back in time
dig a grave with my teeth
I want to bleed in the rain
I want to feel my very chest ripped open at the seams
I really want to know
was it a dream?

The courageous on the horizon
made many a soldier weep
was there anybody around to bury them at noon?
and the fortunes of the Messiah
gave hope to the progeny
that the sky was in a shade of lighter blue than you

but your radiance came around on the heels of a magical mystery
made a suitor and a slave of me
the melange of all the dividers
made everything incomplete
and the only thing to do is stare at the moon

I want to know how it tastes
when you throw it at the moon
I want my heart to be cold as ice
I want to take it back in time
dig a grave with my teeth
I want to bleed in the rain!
I want to feel my very chest ripped open at the seams
I want to lead you by your breast, animated and obscene
when I'm blinded in the sunlight will this love be real?
or was it a dream?
Track Name: Hahaha Pt. 1
When we were Manta Rays floating as carelessly
with every wave we felt what we were dreamed to say
and in our fantasy we'd sting each other see?
and try to sweep the leg but we have none hahaha
silly girl are you mad at me?
with every game we played, we won us endless fame
and in the summer rain
we'd fall in love again
we'd turn each other on and off and on and on yeah

and if your love for me was an anomaly
would you make up your death just to break up with me?
as in our parody we'd mock each other see
and so we'd laugh together and ever and ever hahaha
silly girl are you mad at me?
we'd never feel the same till we break up again
and in the summer rain
we'd fall in love again
we'd turn each other on and off and on and on yeah
Track Name: Hahaha Pt. 2
I laughed at the ocean
we were amused by the sea
we laughed at the ocean
charmed life have we…

aah ha ha ha ha,
lau-ghing at
the ocean we were
aah ha ha ha ha
bet-ter than
never wanting to see
ha ha ha ha

I never laughed at the edge of the ocean
we'd never gone to the edge of sea
I never laughed at the edge of the ocean
it's far better than never wanting to see
Track Name: In Fantasia
In Fantasia the mirrors lie to us they plant a seed
one by one we build an empire where devils roam and breed
fading sunsets... to forget them is the mark of death
as we break in through the window
of mind and greed

Darkened bridges sink away into the brackishness
swirling sin into a rainbow of atrophy
when the winters help the golden autumns take it's leave
opens passages for vampires
to suck and feed

kareru kareru
subetega kareteruno
fuyuno sabaku fuyuno sabaku ga hirogaru
warerano yoruga kuru warerano yoruga hajimaru
karehaga kareru warerano fuyuno sabaku*

Waking insights born of jealousy and faithlessness
gave us strength among the gentiles of modernity
in Fantasia the spirits hide from us they cannot bleed
innocence is not a virtue in times of need

Endless twilight... if only stars would show their faithful stare
in this world of fading memories, we'd cease to be

In Fantasia the air is dense to me it hurts to scream
at windless castles in the darkness, too faint to see...

*Japanese: “withered and wilted...
everything has perished
the winter desert has spread
for our night has arrived
our evening will begin
even the foliage has wilted
in our own winter desert…”