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Lighght

by Kishi Bashi

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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!
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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?
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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...
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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
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Q&A 03:11
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”
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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?
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Hahaha Pt. 1 02:41
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
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Hahaha Pt. 2 04:01
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
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In Fantasia 07:09
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…”
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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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credits

released May 13, 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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