Some may know singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi from his touring gigs with Regina Spektor and of Montreal, or perhaps from his own indie rock band, Jupiter One, of which he is a co-founding member. Last year, Ishibashi released his own entirely self-recorded and self-produced project under the name Kishi Bashi, and it’s a lesser known gem that some may have missed from a year that was already jam-packed with killer tunes.
The album, 151a, is a beautiful showcase of the man’s talent, alive with guitars, violins, keyboards and programming. His vocals are light and calming (as is the music), something similar to a Sufjan Stevens-type creation. When performing live, he loops vocals to harmonize with himself, while alternating between violin and guitar over programming and beat boxing.
Ishibashi’s full-length solo debut has been getting some serious iPod play lately making it the perfect choice for this week’s Music Mondays installment. It’s a transcendent work from a one-man show that is completely worth noting, listening and latching on to. Check out the cuts “Manchester” and “Bright Whites” below:
Bonus track – Jupiter One’s “Countdown” (2008):