20/2012: Kishi Bashi


The hiatus is over, and I’m back with lots of new music. My first priority is to take a look back at all of the amazing music we got from artists in 2012. In a new segment I call ’20/2012,’ I hope to spotlight some of the bright new artists and albums that emerged. In a scene of over-saturated genres, 2012 will be known as the year in which many artists broke the current molds and created something delightfully different. My goal is to bring some of these artists to you.

Kishi Bashi, also know as K. Ishibashi, is a one man band. You wouldn’t necessarily think that when you first hear Kishi Bashi, yet behind each beautiful, haunting song is just a single man with a loop pedal. His debut EP from last year, 151a, is a collection of what can only be described as mini-pop-syphonies. The only way to really experience it is with the lights dim and in a quite place; as you pick apart the different layers of sound in your head, the album opens up into a stunning new world. My favorite songs are the playful Manchester and Bright Whites.


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