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!”

It’s the music I could imagine played at the end of an epic film, when the heroes return to their village for a celebration (a la the Ewok Village or the Shire).

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.

Weary listeners, behold (behear?) and rejoice. And then marvel at his music video for “I Am The Antichrist To You,” animated by Anthony Scott (read more about the video at Huffington Post).

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.



  • Comment by http://tinyurl.com/openclide01343 — February 7, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    “A Musical Interlude: Kishi Bashi, Mood-Altering Substance
    – Spoonful” truly got me personally hooked on your webpage!
    I personallywill certainly be back much more often. Many thanks

  • Comment by Anthea — February 25, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Yay!!!! SO great to hear, thanks Kellie!

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