Joyful Noise Recordings is pleased to announce the release of violinist, singer and composer Kishi Bashi‘s sophomore album titled Lighght, set for worldwide release on 13 May.



Taking its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, Lighght (pronounced “Light”) continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a, which earned Kishi Bashi the title of “Best New Artist” for 2012 by NPR.


Since then, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly around the globe, captivating audiences with his loop-based live shows, and fostering a groundswell of devotees. is streaming the first song off of Lighght titled “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!”   You can stream it here:


151a was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi, the pseudonym for artist K. Ishibashi, was touring and recording with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal (where he was a full-time member and co-producer).


Late 2012 saw Kishi Bashi focus on composing his own material, which led to the songs that are featured on Lighght.


Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation on Lighght.


Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass-inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with ’70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).


Lighght track-listing:
01. Debut – Impromptu
02. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
03. The Ballad of Mr. Steak
04. Carry On Phenomenon
05. Bittersweet Genesis For Him AND Her
06. Impromptu No. 1
07. Q&A
08. One Upon A Lucid Dream (In Afrikaans)
09. Hahaha Pt. 1
10. Hahaha Pt. 2
11. In Fantasia