Kishi Bashi: “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!”
Violinist/Singer/Songwriter Kishi Bashi’s debut full-length album 151a was one of last year’s strongest records. His music is lush, highly detailed, erratic, and always just right. He used to be the touring violinist for of Montreal, and his songs are similarly ecstatic and jubilant. This new track, part of an upcoming 7″ release, follows suit with his earlier music.
“Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It” is as multifaceted as its absurd title, moving from section to section with ease and grace. Leading the technicolor circus of musical ideas is Kishi Bashi’s soaring vocals. His voice is soft and sweet, perhaps too much for the acrobatic vocal line, but it adds a necessary humanness to the track. It’s not as strong as most of the material on 151a, but while we wait for a more substantial release from Kishi Bashi, it’s certainly getting the job done.
(Hat Tip: All Around Sound)