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Kishi Bashi / 151a
Album:151a Collection:General
Artist:Kishi Bashi Added:07/2012
Label:Joyful Noise Records 

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Add Date:2013-01-26 Pull Date:2013-03-31 
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Album Review
catherine harris
Reviewed 2013-01-11 
This is Kishi Bashi’s (touring member of Of Montreal and Regina Spektor) first solo album, and wow, you would not be able to guess that it’s just one man with a violin, a looping peddle and a synth. The sound he produces is this huge, celebratory fun fest that veers from Andrew Bird to noise rock. The tracks occasionally mix English and Japanese vocals, and all include strings and violin to varying extents, building the sound up with layered synth, harp. The title refers to a Japanese expression meaning “live every day as though it were your last”, and this album definitely takes this philosophy to heart; literally every track is full of uplifting, beautiful, radiant energy and joy. All recommended, standout tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8

FCC Clean
1. Intro / Pathos, Pathos* – Lush orchestral opening, transitions to a semi-comprehensible, jubilant chorus, nice violin and bass doodles in the background
2. Manchester – Dreamy, atmospheric love-sick vocals, strings add accompanying movement with escalating runs
3. Bright Whites**** – Unbelievably catchy chorus opening, jangly, hand-clapping, harmonized, floating lyrics, abrupt ending
4. It All Began With A Burst*** – Punchier lyrics, vocals more of a focus, builds as more strings/bass/synth layered in, celebratory
5. Wonder Woman, Wonder Me – Exposed, layered vocals with tinkling violin, snapping, harp accompaniment, vintage crooning
6. Chester’s Burst Over the Hamptons – Urgent violin, heavier, persistent percussion, transitions to sustained, distorted synth chords
7. Atticus, In the Desert* – Epic-like vocals driven by metallic acoustic guitar, more rock influence, swooping string interludes
8. I Am the Antichrist to You** – Hymnal-like vocals, subdued opening builds with soaring strings, harmonized, layered voice, rich bass, cinematic
9. Beat the Bright Out of Me – Transitions from previous song, minor, metallic guitar with chanted vocals, morphs into 3 min of swooping, layered sustained sound/chords

Track Listing
1.Intro/Pathos, Pathos 5.Wonder Woman, Wonder Me
2.Manchester 6.Chester's Burst Over The Hamptons
3.Bright Whites 7.Atticus, In The Desert
4.It All Began With A Burst 8.I Am The Antichrist To You
 9.Beat The Bright Out Of Me