First Listen: Kishi Bashi, ‘Omoiyari’ — NPR

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— by Stephen Thompson: K. Ishibashi has kept many instruments and techniques at his disposal — violins and loop pedals and layering effects that give his music a symphonic, hyper-multitracked sound — but the language he speaks is one of profound empathy. It’s right there in the titles of albums like 2016’s Sonderlust (“sonder” being the notion that others have complex lives of their own) and the new Omoiyari (“omoiyari” being the idea that thinking of others fosters compassion). Ishibashi, who records under the name Kishi Bashi, maintains a deep and ultimately hopeful fascination with the way humans do and don’t take care of each other…

Image courtesy of the artist/Max Ritter

May 23, 2019— 05:00 ET

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