The Hotness: Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi is the recording moniker of Seattle-based solo artist, K Ishibashi.

K’s a violinist and lead member of a synth-y NYC-based band named Jupiter One (that I believe I’ve written about before). He’s also traveled the world playing with many well-known acts, including Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and (most famously – at least to me) Of Montreal.

Aside from Regina Spektor and a few Jupiter One songs, I’m not a very big fan of any of the rest of the bands K has lent his immense talent to. However, I’m quickly becoming a MASSIVE fan of his breathtaking solo work. Joyful Noise Recordings released his Kickstarter-funded debut album, 151a, back in April and I have to say that it’s easily one of the most stunning records to come out in 2012.

Each song feels as though it’s been created with the violin as its foundation; sweeping and swaying, plucking and trucking.  151a initially proved to be the perfect lullaby to get me to sleep during all of the rough months I went through earlier this year with my health; but it’s now acting as the perfect summer daytime companion every time I step out into the big bad world of Manhattan. (Ok, I know that sounds corny, but just roll with it, ok?)

Clocking in at a mere Damian Rice-like 34 ½ minutes in length, it never feels too short; perfectly satisfying my daily need to hear something beautiful. Another album full of romance, both happy and sad, I highly recommend picking up this beauty.

Check out two of my favorite tracks, Manchester and (The Mamas and the Papas/Beach Boys-ish) I Am The Antichrist To You.

*Kishi Bashi’s debut album, 151a, is out now via Joyful Noise Recordings.


Kishi Bashi “Manchester”

      02 Manchester


Kishi Bashi “I Am The Antichrist To You”

      08 I Am the Antichrist to You


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