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Omoiyari

by Kishi Bashi

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Omoiyari is Kishi Bashi’s fourth album, following the acclaimed '151a' (2012), 'Lighght' (2014), and 'Sonderlust' (2016). Channeling the hard-learned lessons of history, 'Omoiyari' reflects the turbulent socio-political atmosphere of present day America.

“I was shocked when I saw white supremacy really starting to show its teeth again in America,“ Kishi Bashi says. “My parents are immigrants, they came to the United States from Japan post–World War II. As a minority I felt very insecure for the first time in my adult life in this country. I think that was the real trigger for this project.”

Kishi Bashi recognized parallels between the current U.S. administration’s constant talk of walls and bans, and the xenophobic anxieties that led to the forced internment of Japanese-Americans in the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor. So he immersed himself in that period, visiting former prison sites and listening to the stories of survivors, while developing musical concepts along the way. The unique creative process behind 'Omoiyari' has been documented in a film scheduled for release in early 2020.

“I didn’t want this project to be about history, but rather the importance of history, and the lessons we can learn,” Kishi Bashi reflects. “I gravitated toward themes of empathy, compassion, and understanding as a way to overcome fear and intolerance. But I had trouble finding an English title for the piece. Omoiyari is a Japanese word. It doesn't necessarily translate as empathy, but it refers to the idea of creating compassion towards other people by thinking about them. I think the idea of omoiyari is the single biggest thing that can help us overcome aggression and conflict.”

The strong conceptual elements of 'Omoiyari' are driven by Kishi Bashi’s captivating musical score. Stepping away from his past loop-based production model, he embraced a more collaborative approach when recording, and for the first time included contributions from other musicians, such as Mike Savino (aka Tall Tall Trees) on banjo and bass, and Nick Ogawa (aka Takenobu) on cello. Kishi Bashi’s spectacular trademark violin soundscapes are still an essential component of his sound, but the focus of 'Omoiyari' is centered squarely on its songs.

While the theme of 'Omoiyari' is rooted in 1940s America, the album’s message is timeless. In exploring the emotional lives of the innocent Japanese-Americans who were unjustly incarcerated, Kishi Bashi hopes to nurture a sense of empathy, or omoiyari, in all who hear the album.

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released May 31, 2019

Produced by Kishi Bashi

Mixed by Patrick Dillet @ Reservoir Studios NYC
Mastered by Greg Calbi @ Sterling Sound, NYC
Recorded by Drew Vandenberg @ Echo Mountain Recording, Asheville, NC and Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA. Julian Dreyer and Dowell Gandy Assistant Engineers.
additional recording by Annie Leeth @ Chase Park Transduction, and 1093 Studio, Athens, GA
home recording @ Poolhaus Studios by Kishi Bashi

Mike "Tall Tall Tress" Savino - banjo, banjola, upright bass, fender bass
Nick “Takenobu” Ogawa - cello
Dave Kirslis - guitar, organ on “Violin Tsunami”, and background vocals
JoJo Glidewell - Hammond B3 organ, piano on “Annie”, background vocals
Pip the Pansy - flute
Ryan Oslance - drums and percussion
Andrea DeMarcus, Claire Campbell, SJ Ursrey - background vocals
Keiko Ishibashi - vocals on “Theme for Jerome”
Greg Hankins - piano lesson and Fender rhodes on “A Meal for Leaves”
Emily Hope Price - cello on “Theme for Jerome”
Kishi Bashi - everything else

The 1093 String players
Violin: Rachel Fischer, Yaesol Kang, Sahada Buckley, J.P.Brien, Alexander Ambartsumian, Caroline Dorr
Viola: Elitsa Atanasova, Seonkyu Kim
The Nu Deco Ensemble “Two Bar Wind Section” on “Summer of ’42”

Thank you to Keiko and Sola, お父さん, お母さん, for supporting me in this extra long journey this year, and to my musicians Mike, Dave, Ryan, Nick & Jojo for climbing Echo Mountain with me. Thank you to my extended touring family: Mike, Daniel, Clayton, Seth, Brent, and Ember, for taking care of me. Thank you Justin, Chip, Max, Andy, Erin and Julian and the entire Omoiyari film crew and JA community for all the support this past year. Thank you Karl, Kiely, Jess, David, Allison, and everyone at Joyful Noise, and Tom & Shannen at Esther Creative, for making my life so much easier and offering valuable guidance. Thank you Nu Deco Ensemble for the commission that started this whole journey, and to Ben Folds, Justin Ellis and the NSO for my first full symphony concert opportunity--what a show! Thanks to Patrick and Greg yet again for helping me caress my vision down to 16-bit perfection. Thanks to Jin, Atsuko, Mitsuo and everybody at Bittersweet and Victor for helping me in Japan, and for all the videos. Thank you to Emilio for helping my tours grow to a level I could never have dreamed of. Thank you to all the string players I’ve had the honor of working with, I look forward to so many more shows. And thank you to Athens for welcoming me into your supportive creative community. I definitely use D’addario Strings, L.R. Baggs pre-amps, and ADK microphones.

...and to everybody who feels excluded or left behind in any way, this album is for you.

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Track Name: Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear
Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear

Under the ocean
Far from the sun
Penny Rabbit wondering
When will we ever become one
Must I suffer days to come

Fresh out of wishes
Fate wouldn’t dare
He had to see his Summer Bear
Filled up his little lungs with air
It didn’t matter, he didn’t care

Faithless and mystic
Faint as can be
Penny Rabbit floated fast
Planted his paws upon the shore
Many others had failed before

Waiting was Summer Bear
Eyes to the sea
Fingers on her violin
Playing for butterflies and bees
A little shaky at the knees

Summer Bear
With that slender hair
And that smile she sent to me
Is more than I can bear
Wondering when will you
Have the courage to
Sing a song with me and you
Over here

On the shore Penny Rabbit
Emerged from the sea
His fur was ripped from his journey
“Oh Summer Bear I’ve come for thee”
He had seen it in his dream
Sunset, holding hands
Salt in the air
Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear,
A fairy tale, a perfect pair
None in memory could compare

Summer Bear
With that slender hair
And that smile she sent to me
Is more than I can bear
Wondering when will you
Have the courage to
Sing a song with me and you
Come to you
Whatever you do
Anywhere…

Summer Bear
One day very soon
Track Name: F Delano
Oh in the desert they gave you the slip Rohypnol
Chip on your shoulder the scotch tasted much older than before
Nightly occurrence
The men laughed it off like it was a bore to them
And they were right
Feminine encounters were in sight
F The Delano

Named of the leader who favored a nation after his own
Into the desert he pushed all the Nips, he wasn’t alone.
Speech with a fury
Sentenced with no plan ahead of you
Without a heart
No winning hand for any man or child
F Delano

Oh in the desert where no one should live, it wasn’t our home
And in the winter our sentence was stiff, we froze to the bone
Summer was sunny, but history, funny to settle with…
Was he right?
Innocence without a proper fight?
Fight!
F Delano!
Track Name: Marigolds
Marigolds

The word that you had found for me,
Was a favorite sound of mine
It swayed under your canopy
To fill the end of time

I was the only one this century
To remind you all is fine
With every truth there is a mystery
With a vision so divine

I wish that I had met you
When your heart was safe to hold
When you were simple and fancy,
In that field of marigolds

And when you burned the sentiment
Like a candle next to mine
The southern wind it kept the flame
Flickering in time

I wanted everything to be confused
And the mission not aligned
But when I looked into your sacred eyes
I was empty with no surprise

And when I wasn’t so happy
I would say a prayer of old
When we were simple and fancy
In that field of marigolds

I wish that I could grow up with you
I wanna see the world the way you do
I want to fall off the edge with you
I want to fun with you

I was the only one this century
To remind you all is fine
With every truth there is a mystery
With a vision so divine

I wish that I had met you
When your heart was safe to hold
When you were simple and fancy,
In that field of marigolds
Track Name: A Song For You
A Song For You

A song for you
I wrote in memory
As faint as anything
We etched into the walls
It’s all for you
We called the venomous
To silent strike on any vein
Like a bayonet array
In the afternoon

When did you
Fill out the melody
With sacred innocence
In the middle of the war
I fought for you
The pride in every light
That shined upon your face
From a memory erased
It’s all for you
We pledged to send a photograph
Of every frame, of every laugh
We meant to have
A song for you

A song for you
A song for you
It’s all for you
A song for you

A song for you
I wrote in memory
As faint as anything
We etched into the walls
It’s all for you
The pride of every light
That shined upon your face
Like a memory erased
A song for you
A song for you
A song for you

It’s all for you
A song for you
Track Name: Angeline
Angeline

Underneath the cotton sun
The freedom we had just begun
Sweeter than the finest rum
with my Angeline

A home with every kind of tree
Built it without anything
Life is like a peach in cream
with my Angeline

Angeline oh Angeline
She had the softest smile that I had ever seen
Sweet summer rain
I just want to be able see her again

That day I was walking down
The railroad tracks I heard the sound
The sheriff he was mighty proud
And told me I had to pay

The foreman he had to come to find
Prison folk to work the mine
The judge was there to give me time
Away from my Angeline

Angeline oh Angeline
She’s the sweetest song that I could ever sing
Feeling the pain
I just want to be able to sing to her again

Seven years until I’m free
Working off this prison fee
My fingers smell like kerosene
In a mine in Tennessee

Every day I hold my breath
Every hour I wish for death
Angeline she’s settled west
away from Tennessee

Tennessee oh Tennessee
You have the darkest veins that I had ever seen
Deep in the mine
Angeline your memories won’t let me die

Angeline, Angeline
Angeline, Angeline
Angeline (Angeline)
Angeline (Angeline)
Angeline (Angeline)
Angeline

Angeline oh Angeline
Had the softest smile that I had ever seen
Sweet summer rain
I just want to be able to see you again
Track Name: Summer of '42
Summer of '42

What are the things you wanted
The same as anyone
Just a hand to hold a little
After all is said and done
And the days were long and open
Cause I had a view of you
The Summer of ’42
When I was in love with you

We counted stars above us
We dreamed of Xanadu
We’d sneak off to the desert
The sand over your fancy shoes
The first day that I met you
I wrote down in my book
I am in love with you
I am in love with you

I am in love with you
I am in love with you
I’m in love with you

The days have gone asunder
The chaos of the war
Made men of everybody
But our memories I adore
We named our favorite sunsets
But I remember very few
The Summer of ’42
When I was in love with you

But years have turned to ages
And I know you’ve someone new
I looked for you with every breath
A soldier wrecked with solitude
I climbed up the highest mountain
And I shouted to our view
I was in love with you
I was in love with you

I was in love with you
In love with you

You…
I am in love with you
Track Name: Theme From Jerome (Forgotten Words)
Theme From Jerome (Forgotten Words)

After today
You speak the new
With every word you walk
From the comfort of my hands
And after all
We fight the war
Of enemies unseen and here we are in Jerome

These words today
How many times I’d smile
If you’d remember me in this song

There was a girl
She fell in love
And on the sun-dried land they settled in and started again
And when they sleep
She’d sing this melody
To her beloved sons
Forgotten words from Japan
Track Name: Violin Tsunami
When our faith was on the edge
Of the winds
The summer days on end
Memories of the setting sunlight
Would tell a different way to be, to be
To be

Haruno hareno minato horobi

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Runo hareno minato horobi
haruno minato horobi horobi!

Ha-ru-no Ha-re-no Mi-na-to Ho-ro-bi!
Ha-ru-no Ha-re-no Mi-na-to Ho-ro-bi!
haru hare minato-ga
haru hare minato ho ro bi

haruno hareno minato horobi
runo hareno minato horobi
runo hareno minato horobi
haruno minato horobi horobi!

Ha-ru-no Ha-re-no Mi-na-to Ho-ro-bi!
Ha-ru-no Ha-re-no Mi-na-to Ho-ro-bi!

Haruno hareno minato horobi
Haruno hareno minato horobi - ru
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When in song we are blessed to be
Mending the rift of our apathy
I have the answer
You will remain
Days on end after the end of the cancer
One day you will follow the sound of laughter
One day we’ll
Fall in love
Track Name: Annie, Heart Thief of the Sea
Annie, Heart Thief of the Sea

If you want to see my girl
You better be ready, Imma show you the world
On a beach along the shore
I’ll tell you a story it’s all about a pearl

Creamy white and crystal clear
It glistened in the sun, it had nothing to fear
Many came from near and far
There was nothing like the beauty that they saw

I was sailing on the sea
There was nothing as far as I could see
When a vision of a girl
Blinded my eyes, she’s as pretty as a pearl
Swam along with us awhile
I was hooked, I was smitten by her smile
When she traded me her heart…
I took it from her hand

Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
What’d I do?
Why’d you take my heart Annie?
All you left me was a pearl…

As I looked into my palm
I was swallowed by the vision that I saw
In this pearl of perfect white
I saw us together in a union of delight
But when I looked into her eyes
I saw nothing but the mirror of the skies
I dove deep into the cold
I was ready to be…

Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
What’d I do?
Why’d you take my heart Annie?
All you left me was a pearl…

When they pulled me from the cold
I wondered why I’d never felt so old
For my hair had turned to white
I’d long been dead and so had my wife
She had died a broken heart

Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
What’d I do?
Why’d you take my heart Annie?
All you left me was a pearl…

Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
What’d I do?
Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
All you left me was a pearl…

Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
What’d I do?
Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
All you left me was a pearl…

Why’d you take my heart, Annie?
What’d I do?
Why’d you take my heart, Annie?

All you left me was a pearl.

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