by Kishi Bashi


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Jupiter One co-founder and frequent Of Montreal merrymaker K Ishibashi's second go-around under the Kishi Bashi moniker is as lavish and fanciful an affair as its flamboyant cover art would suggest, offering up a bountiful 14-track set of dense, multi-hued indie pop confections that lands somewhere between the clubby, blissed-out glow of "Sleepyhead"-era Passion Pit, the bedazzled Icelandic fairy realm of Jónsi, and the neon green fields of the Teletubbies. Ishibashi's violin steers the needle through a tapestry of classical-infused electro-pop that's as dense as it is effervescent; looping, pitch-shifting, arpeggiating, and swirling about like a fly drowning fitfully in a vat of simple syrup. Lighght requires a sweet tooth, but at least it lets you know what to expect early on, thanks to the criminally sugary, one-two punch of "Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It!" and "The Ballad of Mr. Steak," the latter of which builds to an earworm of a chorus that declares "Mr. Steak, you are grade A." Ishibashi follows suit with the meaty "Carry on Phenomenon," a lyrically impenetrable, impossibly catchy blast of ELO worship that, like all of the songs on the tightly packed rainbow canon that is Lighght, skillfully applies a dizzying array of bells and whistles to what is essentially a simple, relatable, and reliable pop melody. Whether he's flirting with Incredible String Band aloofness ("Q&A"), getting sucked into a whirlpool of loopy, Island pizzicato ("One Upon a Lucid Dream [In Afrikaans]"), or just reveling in the sheer, ridiculous ornateness of the world he has created ("Song for the Sold"), he's doing so without the encumbrance of subterfuge. For Ishibashi, even the finery is from the heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Joyful Noise Records
UPC: 0656605484020
catalogNumber: 54840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kishi Bashi   Primary Artist
Kevin Barnes   Bass,Vocals
Patrick Weiss   Hand Clapping
Yoed Nir   Cello
Mike Savino   Vocals
Davey Pierce   Mini Moog
Clayton Rychlik   Drums
Amos Housworth   Cello
Sage O'Reilly   Hand Clapping
Melinda Manring   Hand Clapping
Ken Manring   Hand Clapping
Keiko Ishibashi   Vocals
Harper Calhoun   Hand Clapping
Glenly Manring   Hand Clapping
Garrett Chism   Hand Clapping
Elijah Neesmith   Hand Clapping
Daniel "Maniel" Brunner   Vocals
Athens Christmas Caroling Friends   Hand Clapping
Philip Mayer   Drums

Technical Credits

Kevin Barnes   Drum Engineering
Drew Vandenberg   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Kishi Bashi   Instrumentation
Will Manning   Engineer
Jackie Paolella   Engineer
Susan Pelham   Cover Art
K Ishibashi   Composer

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