What experimental musician Kishi Bashi does on his new album Lighght is summed up pretty well in its album cover. It looks like a Bruegel landscape that Kishi Bashi has crashed, his presence alone making everything around him warp and fracture like a really satisfying acid trip. With his music, Kishi Bashi does the same thing to the classical pedigree of the violin, looping it to a dizzying blur of kaleidoscopic glee. We recently premiered “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!,” and that’s really just the first charge down a rollercoaster full of them. Between acoustic guitar strums, densely layered loops, and his dynamic vocals, Kishi Bashi bounces between campfire sing-alongs, hyper chamber pop, and what could be the soundtrack to some kind of interstellar merry-go-round, all with the heart-on-sleeve glee of Kevin Barnes on the happy side of unstable. Stream it now via NPR.
Lighght is out 5/13 via Joyful Noise. Pre-order it here.