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"I really felt like I was witnessing history... in a couple of years we'll be talking about,
'Man, I saw him at this intimate little show." - NPR
"Grand and transcendent... the layers of beautiful sound, homage to Japanese culture,
and use of violin make 151a a dreamy, pocket-sized symphony, perfect for anyone
needing a lift." - BUST
"Sumptuous orchestral brilliance... It's a stunningly good record, not merely chirpy,
zany, and whimsical-but also packed full of harmonious, heart-stopping beauty. If you
can imagine ELO's very best moments combined with Andrew Bird and a bit of weird
Bjork introspection-well, even that doesn't really do it justice. Apart from Pet Sounds,
perhaps, I can't think of a record that's as singly captivating in its sonic beauty." - THE PORTLAND MERCURY
"Kishi Bashi's music sounds surprisingly basic and natural. He's got such a great way
of thinking about production and melody that I've yet to hear a bad song from him." -
YOU AIN'T NO PICASO
"The music is off-kilter, particularly the opening chants and swirl of guitar and drums.
The middle section, though, takes a more even-keeled approach to pop, balancing the
looped whistles with peaceful, yet evocative vocals."
- CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
"A weightless, cartwheeling, electro-pop romp that's all zz and no fuss" - SPIN
Violinist, singer, and composer Kishi Bashi is slated to release his new album on
April 29, 2014. The album entitled "Lighght" (pronounced "Light") continues and
expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, "151a" - which earned Kishi Bashi
the *title* of "Best New Artist" by NPR. Since the profoundly successful release of
"151a" two years ago, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across
the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees.
"151a" was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi was touring and recording with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal (where he was a full-time
member and co-producer). In late 2012, after the success of "151a", Kishi Bashi
decided to focus solely on his own music and began composing the new material
which has become "Lighght".
"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 redened 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 irt with 70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).
If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that's because it is. But it works. Listen and see.1. DÉbut - Impromptu
2. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
3. The Ballad of Mr. Steak
4. Carry on Phenomenon
5. Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
6. Impromptu no 1
8. Once Upon a Lucid Dream (In Afrikaans)
9. Hahaha Pt. 1
10. Hahaha Pt. 2
11. In Fantasia$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Long GoodbyeLewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do
this, they go by the name Busman's Holiday. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his
modest drum kit, complete with suitcase bass-drum. Independently, the brothers
have performed with artists such as Jens Lekman (Addison drumming and providing
backing vocals on his recent tour) and Sleeping Bag (Lewis was the original guitarist).
"A Long Goodbye", the rst proper album from Busman's Holiday was recorded by
Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) and mixed by Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Kishi Bashi).
The band has been featured on WNYC's Radiolab1. Bones I
2. Child Actor
3. Hoped To
6. Not Alone
7. Baby Blue
9. We Are We
10. Bones II$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LanternsEqual parts producer and composer, Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) bridges an unusual
gap between old-world music theory and next-level experimentation. Meditative
but heaving with energy, "Lanterns" nds a peculiar congruency between
futuristic soul and ancient sentiment. Driving orchestral electronica (Lost It To
Trying, No Crimes) is placed alongside creepy minimalism (Pyre), often starkly
juxtaposing densely layered arrangements with Lott's fragile voice.
In recent past Son Lux has gained notoriety both for his s/s/s project (with
Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), and from being named NPR's "Best New Artist of
the Year". His third full-length album, and his rst for Joyful Noise (Kishi Bashi,
Sebadoh, etc.), positions Son Lux at the helm of an impressive ensemble of
instrumentalists and singers, including Chris Thile (The Punch Brothers), Peter
Silberman (The Antlers), DM Stith, Lily & Madeleine, Darren King (Mutemath),
Ieva Berberian (Gem Club) and yMusic (Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver).1. Alternate World
2. Lost It To Trying
5. No Crimes
7. Enough of Our Machines
8. Plan The Escape
9. Lanterns Lit$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180-Gram Light Blue Vinyl In Gatefold Jacket
Vinyl Includes 18x24 Poster With Artwork By David Barnes
Recorded At Sonic Ranch (Band Of Horses, Animal Collective)
Engineered by Drew Vandenberg (Kishi Bashi, Deerhunter)
"Whether exposing light or dark, or some blank hue in the middle,
Barnes has all but bulls-eyed his status as a brilliantly daring artist."
"A thrilling, carnival-like atmosphere around Barnes' fractured perspective."
- AV Club
"A golden despondency" is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind
Aureate Gloom, the title he gave of Montreal's thirteenth full-length album.
The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and
mental outlook while working on the record - penning lyrics so personal they
sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under
lock and key.
"I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just
completely trashed," reveals Barnes. "I might be guilty of sharing or exposing
too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help
people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without
too much artifice or evasiveness."
Aureate Gloom was recorded directly to tape with musicians Kevin Barnes
(guitar, vocals), Clayton Rychlik (drums), Bob Parins (bass), Bennett Lewis
(guitar), and JoJo Glidewell (keys), plus the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg.
The strength of the members' musical rapport was instantly apparent. The
group completed nearly a song a day and even wrote a brand new track
on the spot, "Apollyon Of Blue Room," whose title references a supposedly
haunted bedroom in a hacienda on the studio grounds. With Aureate Gloom,
of Montreal have created one of the most unflinching, confessional and starkly
emotional albums in their career.1. Bassem Sabry
2. Last Rites At The Jane Hotel
3. Empyrean Abattoir
4. Aluminum Crown
5. Virgilian Lots
6. Monolithic Egress
7. Apollyon Of Blue Room
9. Chthonian Dirge For Uruk The Other
10. Like Ashoka's Inferno Of Memory$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now