Lighght


Kishi Bashi


Amoeba Review

05/14/2014

Neon hued, highly ambitious, Lighght is an album carrying the torches of acts like Roy-Wood-era ELO and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Which is to say, detail oriented art-pop with a structural reliance on musical interactions found primarily in classical music. And, like the two aforementioned torch-lighters of this genre, Kishi Bashi manipulates and layers recordings of violin and other pseudo-orchestral performances to create swewed, otherworldly ecstasy, swollen with rainbow colored classicism that occasionally recalls the Books as they were first gaining momentum. I hear aspects of Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's '80s work with Vangelis, too. Both projects share an interest in tumbling, unraveling, anthemic pop with a heavy debt to "world music." On Lighght what this means is generally the same simulacrum-Africana handed down from Paul Simon to Vampire Weekend before it became a mass-market genericism. By being so detail oriented, Kishi Bashi generally avoids this trapping, borrowing more from latter-day Of Montreal for its dance floor barn stormers. No surprise, given that Kishi Bashi spent time as a jack-of-all-trades on tour with Elephant 6 pop royalty. Again, an impossibly ambitious album of dense but ever-weightless classical art-pop with enough day-glo hookiness to snare even the most cynical listeners, much like ELO.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
Début - Impromptu
Kishi Bashi 00:47
2.
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
Kishi Bashi 03:20
3.
The Ballad of Mr. Steak
Kishi Bashi 03:19
4.
Carry on Phenomenon
Kishi Bashi 04:03
5.
Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
Kishi Bashi 03:33
6.
Impromptu No 1
Kishi Bashi 00:58
7.
Q&A
Kishi Bashi 03:11
8.
Once Upon a Lucid Dream (In Afrikaans)
Kishi Bashi 04:06
9.
Hahaha Pt. 1
Kishi Bashi 02:41
10.
Hahaha Pt. 2
Kishi Bashi 04:01
11.
In Fantasia
Kishi Bashi 07:09

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