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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
  • ASIN: B007FQUG2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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151a is the title of the first album by violinist and performer Kishi Bashi [1], and although the title is a puzzling mystery, the number 151 itself does have personal importance and has always been one of my favorite numbers. Released in 2012 and produced by Kishi Bashi himself, the album mixes the performer’s energetic violin performance with some quirky and eccentric lyrics, where a few concepts appear multiple times in the song titles, like bright and burst. A song by song analysis follows:

Intro/Pathos, Pathos: The opening of this album is, quite appropriately, a moving and romantic piece with some quirky techno beats and vocal effects. The fact that the vocals are difficult to distinguish is not such a bad thing, as the lyrics appear to be part of the music, for the most part, the sort of music that aims for an iTunes commercial rather than radio airplay.

Manchester: This melancholy but lovely ballad, with its reflections on loss, makes for a compelling example where a singer-songwriter uses the violin in the place of the more conventional guitar, with effective reflection, with its beginning and ending with the sound of tuning, to give it a more chaotic feeling.

Bright Whites: Turning from the sadness of the previous song, this tune is a happy song expressing smiling and happiness and manages to live up to its name with upbeat music and uplifting lyrics. Much of the singing is done in a happy sort of falsetto with some obvious but well-done vocal effects that bring to mind the music of the second half of the 1960’s while remaining contemporary in their production.
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