Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) has been experimenting with an orchestral solo project for the past year, releasing his first full-length album, 151a, earlier this month. Ishibashi’s self-recorded and self-produced debut EP, Room For Dream, dropped in May of 2011 and featured four tracks including a duet with Kevin Barnes from the indie-psychedelic outfit of Montreal.
Prior to his solo work, Ishibashi recorded and toured with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, Alexi Murdoch, and of Montreal. He is also a founding member and singer of the New York synth rock band Jupiter One. Apart from Ishibashi’s collaborative performances, his solo sets are comprised of live violin and vocal looping, sparkling through the indie-pop, psychedelic musical filter that’s uniquely his own.
Kishi Bashi’s 151a has an orchestral backbone without sounding antiquated, as he toys with lushly layered violins and chiming choral vocals. Each track off the album soars with a similar psychedelia, lifting listeners into a different realm. The album glows with angelic rhythms that are infectious and likely to get stuck in your head — in the most positive sense possible.
In conjunction with the album release, Kishi Bashi has also premiered the video for “Bright Whites,” which is supplemented with a riddle for viewers to solve. The seemingly nonsensical music video showcases over 50 common idioms, and it’s up to the viewer to figure out which ones complete the puzzle. The first winner will receive Kishi Bashi’s 151a in the format (LP, CD, MP3) of their choosing and a $100 gift certificate for the Joyful Noise Recording Store. Each of four subsequent winners will still receive the album in any format.
Watch “Bright Whites” below and take a stab at the riddle here.