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).
LIsten and enjoy!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!