What do you get when you add the loop pedal of Tune-Yards, the violin of Andrew Bird, the spacy sound of Jónsi, and some killer beat boxing? The Answer: Kishi Bashi.
Even though Kishi Bashi, the solo project of K Ishibashi, combines many techniques and sounds of other musicians, he creates a completely original sound that is ridiculously infectious.
A co-founder of the indie rock group Jupiter One, tour member for Regina Spektor and of Montreal, Ishibashi released his first EP Room For Dream in mid 2011. With his impressive resume, it’s truthfully a surprise that his solo project hasn’t received more recognition as of yet.
But 2012 is a year that is looking bright for Ishibashi. Though he is lacking in mainstream recognition, he is a favorite of NPR’s popular music blog and podcast, All Things Considered. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton even had Ishibashi perform at one of their “Tiny Desk Concerts”, and named him one of the Best Acts of 2012 (So Far). He was also voted 14th in an online poll for Listener Picks For The Year’s Best Albums (So Far). It might not seem like that big deal, but the list is accompanied by Jack White (1), The Shins (4), Gotye (10), and even Fun. (17).
His infectious pop music does not beg the question of whether or not it will be recognized, but rather, when it will be recognized (and subsequently featured in every video game, commercial, and movie soundtrack made in the near future).
Want to find out more about Kishi Bashi? Check out his twitter feed @Kishi_bashi or his website http://www.kishibashi.com
Out Right Now- 151a (LP), Room For Dream (EP)
Upcoming Midwest Shows-
Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, IL on September 13th
Beachland Tavern in Cleveland,OH on September 14th
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert