Kishi Bashi's third LP, String Quartet Live!, is out today via Joyful Noise Recordings. It's a collection of songs from his previous two releases, 151a and Lighght, performed live by himself and an accompanying string ensemble. The album is available on black & colored vinyl through Joyful Noise's webstore and digitally via iTunes. It's also streaming in full via KCRW and on Spotify.
Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with artists like Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi launched his successful and celebrated solo career in 2011. Though he studied classical composition and considers the violin his primary muse, his songs feature a diverse mix of instrumentation and unconventional songwriting, resulting in a unique and experimental sound that defies genre.
Where his first two releases incorporated an array of percussion and electronic elements, the new live album finds K’s familiar songs reimagined, allowing his soaring vocals to take center stage above a foundation of interweaving strings. The string ensemble gives new life to these tracks, with updated arrangements and the infectious energy that can only come from Kishi Bashi's amazing live performances.