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On Kishi Bashi’s debut full length, ‘151a,’ the songwriter expands on the majestic sound of his Room for Dream EP (Aerobic International), teasing out the baroque mysteries suggested in those songs while sharpening focus. Since the release of Room for Dream, K Ishibashi has toured with Sondre Lerche, and Alexi Murdoch. He's also collaborated with of Montreal's Kevin ... Read more in Amazon's Kishi Bashi Store

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
  • ASIN: B007FQUG2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Having collaborated and toured with indie strangelings of Montreal,
Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, singer, violinist, and composer
Kishi Bashi has embarked on his epic orchestral solo project. On his
debut full-length 151a, the songwriter expands on the majestic sound
of his Room for Dream EP (Aerobic International), teasing out the
baroque mysteries suggested in those songs while sharpening focus.
Since the release of the EP, Kishi Bashi has toured with Sondre Lerche,
Alexi Murdoch, and of Montreal, collaborating as producer with oM s
Kevin Barnes on that band s new album, Paralytic Stalks (Polyvinyl).

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One of the best albums of 2012!
Justin Dean Whitlow
Popular music today is sadly lacking in diversity, and I believe the music industry needs more brave pioneers such as this artist.
Jennie Johanson
Musically varied and played with great skill, this album is a pure joy.
Zachary Pinkham

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Gamboa on June 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album is the proof that new sounds and music can still be done. Kishi Bashi's album has become one of my favorite along with Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Rós' latest albums. The more I keep listening to artists like these ones, the more I keep questioning the mainstream music industry. This album is an example of the music of the 2010's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xzalor on April 26, 2012
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With violins, keyboards, a soft voice, and catchy beats, this album is great. It's very different and unique and it really stands out to me. It's nice to listen to something else for a change and I consider this to be some "cool" music that anyone will love.

Listen to it. Love it. Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas S. Stewart on February 22, 2013
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This has all the things I'd love in music- and anyone who is a student of pop music history of the greats from the work of Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Sufjan Stevens, Queen, and so on. Kishi touches all of them while seemingly weaves what sounds to me as a distinct Asian influence. Can't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Pinkham on December 20, 2012
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I heard of Kishi Bashi through NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. Performing using only his violin and a loop pedal board, he completely blew me away. Listening to the album was a different experience, since his music is not really built using loops--but it was wonderful nonetheless. Musically varied and played with great skill, this album is a pure joy. Sometimes his lyrics are a tad aimless or nonsensical, but the music is absolutely TOP NOTCH. The album was put out by indie label "Joyful Noise," which is precisely how I would describe this music. Buy it, you won't regret it!

Though, might I recommend buying off of his Bandcamp page, where he will see more of the money. [...]
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bon Appetit on May 13, 2012
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I've only just discovered Bashi and am mezmerized by his sound. His unique, seamless fusion and innovative musical 'doodling' with technology and deep-rooted musical traditions soulfully intertwines like the double helix of music's DNA. The improvisational feeling of his journey is alive in the present, flowing and babbling like many rivers tripping over stones, swirling and pooling, eventually emptying into an expanded stream of consciousness, unhindered by space and time. There is a playful 'coloring outside the lines' and whimsy in Bashi's musical meanderings which can then wander into moments of haunting, densely layered, cacophonous tension only to emerge again transformed and more richly integrated for the experience. Following Bashi on this "Fool's journey" or what seems an almost naive casualness and trust in the creative process may veil this artist's masterful hand and extensive musical foundation as a singer, song writer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. The listening experience is a bit like witnessing and hearing aloud the internal workings of a composer's process as he builds, blends, edits, and draws from a vast reservoir of genres, traditions, feelings and experience. The process IS the piece. A happening.
Hearing/seeing him perform for the first time brought back a similar kind of excitement I felt when I first went to a Laurie Anderson concert in the 80's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Johanson on September 4, 2012
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I went to a Sondre Lerche concert with friends knowing absolutely nothing about the opening act except the odd sounding name, "Kishi Bashi." You know how it is with opening acts, everybody is anxious to get to the main event and no matter how good the opener is, he has to work twice as hard to capture the audience's attention. However, Kishi Bashi proved to be an exception, because once he began performing, the audience was spellbound. What an incredible talent! Music is my passion, and my musical tastes range anywhere from opera to country, from celtic music to jazz. That night was a revelation, demonstrating that even with so much variety, music is still a frontier waiting to be explored. Popular music today is sadly lacking in diversity, and I believe the music industry needs more brave pioneers such as this artist. He is a virtuoso who not only writes his own music and lyrics, but performs, arranges, produces, and sings...and oh, can he sing. What an elastic voice Kishi Bashi has! At times it was fresh and modern, at other times heartbreakingly pure like a choirboy's. I stood there in awe, completely mesmerized and transported to a world of sound, feeling like I had been lifted into a heavenly realm. Please give the album a listen, since words cannot accurately describe the music of this incredible performer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Kane on May 23, 2012
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This isn't the kind of music I would usually pick up, but turns out it's unique, friendly and catchy. A few tracks are my favourites but they all have something to offer.
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I love Kishi Bashi. My girl and I saw him open for Of Montreal in Los Angeles (2012?) and who cares about an opener,right? He was alone on the stage surrounded by gear. He starts playing the violin and minutes later he in the midst of this soaring symphony created out of technology and pure energy, it was really a special thing to see (and I don't get into new music that much.) The whole time we're mouthing to each other, "who is this guy?" and "we need to find out who this guy is!". Then he sat in with Of Montreal and added a new color to their already brilliant set. I'd listen to some full tracks on Youtube as opposed to the samples here. I dare you. He became an instant Amazon pre-order for whenever he releases anything new. :)
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