Thursday, 11/21/2024
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Kishi Bashi has announced that his new album Kantos will be released on August 23, 2024, via Joyful Noise Recordings. It marks Kishi Bashi's first full album in 5 years and is his glimpse into the future and a celebration of existence. The first single release, Colorful State, accompanied by a self-directed video, has already been released. For the fall of 2024, the multi-instrumentalist, whom the German Rolling Stone once described as a "pop alchemist" presenting an "almost cinematic sound universe," has confirmed three concerts in Germany. Kishi Bashi will be performing in Berlin (11/19), Cologne (11/27), and Munich (12/2). Special guest at all dates is the UK Alternative Pop Band Sweet Loretta.

The epic lead single, Colorful State, is a powerful, prog-infused orchestral rock song about the complexity of our human lives, how we can feel in a constant shift between utter joy and gloomy uncertainty, and everything in between, explains Kaoru Ishibashi, aka Kishi Bashi. "This song is a warm embrace of this inevitability of change, and that for every sunset, there will always be a sunrise the next morning." The album was self-produced by Kishi Bashi and mixed by Tucan (Hot Chip, Jungle, Aluna). Recorded at Chase Park Transduction with longtime collaborator and engineer Drew Vandenberg (Faye Webster of Montreal, Toro y Moi) and the British musicians Sweet Loretta, it also features other guest musicians, including Zorina Andall (vocals), Augie Bello (saxophone), and activist/rapper Linqua Franqa.

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of violin virtuoso Kaoru Ishibashi. After recording, touring, and collaborating with various artists like Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first album, 151a, in 2012 via Joyful Noise, which was highly acclaimed and named NPR's "Best New Artist Of The Year." K's follow-up album, Lighght, expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation and flirted with Eastern-influenced arrangements, Philip Glass-inspired improvisations, and 70s prog. With the album Sonderlust released in 2016, K's work, with the help of producer Chris Taylor, sound engineer Pat Dillet, and drummer Matt Chamberlain, became more intense, personal, and artistically adventurous.

After Sonderlust, K frequently traveled to Montana and Wyoming to work on a "song film" about the Japanese internment during World War II. Kishi Bashi's fourth album, Omoiyari, is a studio album written during these six intense years of traveling, researching, and filming for the Omoiyari: A Song Film, which premiered at South by Southwest 2022 and was shown at several film festivals in the fall of 2023, available for streaming on Paramount +. Omoiyari is Kishi Bashi's fifth album and includes on-site improvisations, new versions of songs from the Kishi Bashi catalog, as well as unreleased songs and demos featured in the film.

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