"Sonderlust" is an album forged through heartbreak. After his two previous studio albums ("151a" & "Lighght"), Kishi Bashi was at a musical impasse. "As I sat down to write songs last summer, I went to all my usual conduits of creation: violin loops, guitar, piano, and I came up with the musical equivalent of fumes", says K Ishibashi. "I tried to create orchestral pop recordings that I assumed were my forte, and in turn I found myself standing in front of a creative wall of frightening heights."
At this very same moment of musical uncertainty, K's personal life was falling apart… In his own words, "Touring and its accompanying lifestyle took a heavy toll on my soul and my family". As an outlet, K submerged himself in a new musical direction. Sonderlust emerged as a direct result of this personal struggle taking place at an artistic crossroads.
With the help of producer Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), engineer Pat Dillet (Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne) and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Morrissey, Fiona Apple, of Montreal), Kishi Bashi has created his most personal and artistically adventurous work to date. "This album is straight from my soul. I questioned everything about what it means to love and desire. The difference between loving someone and being in love."
released September 16, 2016
Produced by Chris Taylor and Kishi Bashi
Mixed by Patrick Dillet @ Reservoir Studios NYC
Mastered by Greg Calbi @ Sterling Sound NYC
Recorded by Kishi Bashi at Poolhaus Studios, Athens, GA, and Terrible Studios, Los Angeles by Chris Taylor.
Drums and bass recorded @ Cyclops Sound by Chris Taylor.
Hollywood Strings recorded @ Elbo Studios, Glendale, CA
Harpsichord recorded by Kishi Bashi @ the UGA Organ Studio.
Bram Inscore - bass
Matt Chamberlain - drums and percussion
John Kirby - additional keyboards and Wurlitzer on “Who’d You Kill”
Zachary Colwell - ripping flute solo on “Say Yeah”
Keiko Ishibashi - vocal samples on “m”lover”
Nancy Kuo and Irina Chirkova - additional violin and cello
Kevin Barnes - additional bass on “Hey Big Star”
string arrangement on “Who’d You Kill” and all last minute music copying by Todd Matthews