I came across Kishi Bashi’s Tiny Desk Concert (warning: you may spend hours watching their videos) while I was feeling tired and cranky. After watching it, I felt instantly better. And suddenly wanted to wear an untied bow tie.
I’d describe Kishi Bashi’s music as restorative. My immediate reaction to him is, “Yay! People like this exist in the world!”
Listeners might expect an Andrew Bird-like sound from Kishi Bashi (whose name is actually Kaoru Ishibashi)–though Bird makes some glorious layery-violin music, their songs certainly don’t sound very similar. Kishi Bashi’s seem a bit more nebulous and unstable (in the best way possible)–his sounds stretch and collide and unravel.
In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.