Monday, September 30, 2013

Kishi Bashi

Hey guys, random post today. Been meaning to share this musician Kishi Bashi (K Ishibashi, born and raised in the US), for anyone who might not know him. Recently discovered by Jim by way of David Levithan. He's incredibly inventive and amazing. His songs are beautiful, but it's also so cool to watch how he creates them, layering the sounds in live. Select videos below:

Listen to this song, Manchester
(the first vid is just a photo with the recorded version; the second is a live performance):

Ah. Love it. (lyrics at the end of the post; love any song about writing a novel :-)


And here's this long cool video from NPR that describes his process this way:

K Ishibashi is a master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to layered singing to beatboxing, in order to create pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop.

(If you're interesting in inventive music creation, I recommend watching the whole thing. It's so cool.)


i wrote me a book 
i hid the last page
i didn't even look
i think i locked it in a cage
wrote a novel
cause everybody likes to read a novel...

it started with a word,
and it started pretty well
about a rare and fragile bird that I couldn't even spell
on the table
i think i left it on the table...

i found the last page in the sky,
cold and sweet, like an apple

oh hello,
will you be mine?
i haven't felt this alive in a long time
all the streets are warm today

i read signs
i haven't been this in love in a long time
the sun is up, the sun will stay

The very last breath of the hero of our tale
would you only to guess
did he truly prevail
in the the sequel?
I guess I'll have to write a sequel...

my favorite part's when I die
in your arms like a movie
it's tragic, but now the story has it's proper end.

oh hello,
will you be mine?
i haven't felt this alive in a long time
all the streets are warm and grey

i read the signs
I haven't been this in love in a long time
the sun is up the sun will stay
all for the new day

will you be mine?
the days are short and I wrote me my last rhyme
all the streets are warm today
I read the signs
I haven't been in this love in a long time.

it's been a long time

Anyway, there you go. Hope you enjoy!


persnickety_jen said...

Wow. I think I fell in love with "Manchester" before the first verse ended... Thanks for sharing, Laini!

tone almhjell said...

Played the first clip, and after three seconds my sister cried out from the kitchen: Kishi Bashi! She has listened so much to Manchester. Small world, skippable ocean.

I think I love it, too :)

TK said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! His music echoes a huge inspiration of mine, Cloud Cult. Love the clarity of Japanese art. I am buying his music right now!

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