Vinh Nguyen

From the new album “Lighght”, released 5/13/14 on Joyful Noise Recordings. Pre-Order here:


Violinist, singer, and composer Kishi Bashi is slated to release his new album on May 13, 2014. The album entitled “Lighght” (pronounced “Light”) continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, “151a” - which earned Kishi Bashi the title of “Best New Artist” by NPR. Since the profoundly successful release of “151a” two years ago, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees.

“151a” was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi 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 has become “Lighght”.

“Lighght” takes its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan. As Kishi Bashi explains, “The poem’s blatant assault on literary convention and classical form was attractive to me.” It is apparent that such an approach informed the new album, which has both broadened and redefined his classical foundations. “Though I have studied classical composition, I prefer to take an unconventional path when it comes to creating and thinking about music,” says Kishi Bashi.

Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation. 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. Listen and see.

Taken from his forthcoming ‘Mabel’ EP, out 4 August, ‘First Mark’, exclusive to i-D, is yet another reminder why Bedford’s Lil Silva aka TJ Carter is one of the most exciting voices in British music today. The former Macabre Unit member has been busy creating haunting R&B bangers for the likes of Banks and Sampha, but it’s great to see him back doing his solo thing. ‘First Mark’ is an extraordinary 4 minutes and 13 seconds of outlandish aural brilliance. Watch out for the duttiest of dutty basslines to explode around 58 seconds in, before being joined by what sounds like kids banging cutlery on the school dinner tables and a haunting choral riff. Top marks all round.
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