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Kishi Bashi’s New Album Glitters with Hope Despite Its Bleak Inspiration — The Stranger

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— by Leilani Polk: he fourth and latest album from Kaoru Ishibashi (professionally known as Kishi Bashi) is bright, poignant, heartfelt, and infused with a sense of hope, even during its more melancholy moments. From the breezy, acoustic-guitar-picked opening of “Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear” with its Harry Nilsson “Everybody’s Talkin'” feel, to the sweeping symphonics and forlorn beauty of “Summer of ’42,” to the twangy fiddle-rousing banjo-plucked closer “Annie, Heart Thief of the Sea,” Omoiyari is a stunner that remains uplifting despite its bleak inspiration: the WWII internment of Japanese Americans…

Image courtesy of Kishi Bashi/Max Ritter

June 5, 2019

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