Thursday, August 8, 2013
Listen: Kishi Bashi - "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!"
It seems like bands/artists are always showing Japan a very specific type of love. There's usually specific release dates just for Japan bundled with tons of extras and musicians feel a very real sense of accomplishment when they finally get a Japan show date or even tour. As a Japanese man, Kishi Bashi has made it a point to imbue his very music with his culture and plays Japan far more than your standard musican. One of the results of this was a very cool tour batch of songs only available in Japan via EP, tour promo, and jingles that thankfullly K. has decided to let us Americans in on.
"Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!", the a-side to the two song 7" out on Joyful Noise Recordings this September, has Kishi Bashi once again inhabiting the fantastical technicolor textural landscapes of his own creation. It's a realm where K.'s talent for infectious poppy love songs grant him supernatural abilities, narratively speaking. Less figuratively, K.'s able to provide fresh takes on a time-honored songwriting tradition. Instead of reinventing the wheel, K's splatters in vibrant high-definition spectrum of colors and propels it forward with a sense of inescapable cheer.