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Kishi Bashi
Submitted by Johan Wippsson on 2014-05-15
Kishi Bashi's "Lighght" Out Now Via Joyful Noise Recordings

Joyful Noise Recordings and multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi are pleased to announce the release of his brand new full-length album, Lighght. Released this week, Lighght picks up where his debut album, 151a, left off with more gorgeously whimsical looping and violin/vocal gymnastics. Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation on Lighght. 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). If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that's because it is. But it works. Check out the full stream of Lighght over at KCRW HERE

Additionally, Kishi Bashi has announced his spring and summer North American headlining tour. Touring in support of the release of Lighght, the tour will visit markets such as Los Angeles, CA on May 16, Chicago, IL on May 31, New York, NY on June 4, Brooklyn, NY on June 5, Washington DC on June 8, and will culminate in a performance at Terminal West in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, June 11. Tickets and information on the upcoming tour can be found via Kishi Bashi's official homepage,

The critically acclaimed 151a was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi, the pseudonym for artist K. Ishibashi, 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 led to the songs that are featured on Lighght

Taking its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, Lighght (pronounced "Light") continues and expands the sound of 151a which earned him the title of "Best New Artist" for 2012 by NPR. Since the profoundly successful release of his debut, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees. 

Kishi Bashi will be making the following North American appearances this spring and summer. Tour dates below.


14 - 191 Toole - Tucson, AZ

15 - The Irenic - San Diego, CA

16 - The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

19 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR

20 - The Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA

21 - Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, BC

23 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT

24 - Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO

25 - Bricktown Music Hall - Oklahoma City, OK

26 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE

27 - Ready Room - St. Louis, MO

29 - Memorial Union Terrace - Madison, WI

30 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN

31 - Metro - Chicago, IL



01 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH

02 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto, ON

03 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA

04 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

05 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

06 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA

08 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

09 - The NorVa - Norfolk, VA

10 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC

11 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA



12 - Bunbury Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH



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