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They say that you spend your entire life writing your first album, piecing every formative moment, scribbled turn of phrase, and thematic epiphany into a fantastical collage. Multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) disproves that old adage. The title of Kishi Bashis 2011 debut album,151a, is a riff on the Japanese phraseichi-go ichi-e, roughly translating to one time, one place. Thats exactly what this debut is: A singular time, an inimitable place, a launchpad for bigger and better things to come.

Its a play on words that translates as a performance aesthetic of having a unique performance in time, with imperfections, and enjoying it while you can, Ishibashitold NPR at the time of the albums release. The saying reminds me to embrace my mistakes and move forward.

From the deconstructed Beach Boys-esque doo-wop of Wonder Woman to the menacing marriage of Eastern Hues and Western operatics of Beat the Bright out of Me,151ais a mediation between opposing drives, offering possible reconciliation but never promising it. The albums emotional wellspring, I Am The Antichrist To You was reimagined in 2021 when it was featured on the animated sci-fi sitcomRick and Morty, introducing Kishi Bashi to a new generation of awestruck fans.

Kishi Bashi uses151aas a vehicle to explore his cultural background. Using Japanese refrains as a compositional and textural device (the polyrhythmic grandeur of Bright Whites; the gleeful surrealism of It All Began With a Burst), Kishi Bashi celebrates his heritage with earnestness. Japanese phrases and couplets are sung as the response to Kishi Bashis resplendent calls, offering listeners a conversation that dovetails with the albums themes of love, sentimentality, and self-discovery.

Today, the one time and one place that151ainhabited seems further than ever, almost broaching celestial realms of time and space. But, rest assured, with each listen, the world that Kishi Bashi built springs back to life. The world of151anever leftit was just waiting to be rediscovered.

They say that you spend your entire life writing your first album, piecing every formative moment, scribbled turn of phrase, and thematic epiphany into a fantastical collage. Multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) disproves that old adage. The title of Kishi Bashis 2011 debut album,151a, is a riff on the Japanese phraseichi-go ichi-e, roughly translating to one time, one place. Thats exactly what this debut is: A singular time, an inimitable place, a launchpad for bigger and better things to come.

Its a play on words that translates as a performance aesthetic of having a unique performance in time, with imperfections, and enjoying it while you can, Ishibashitold NPR at the time of the albums release. The saying reminds me to embrace my mistakes and move forward.

From the deconstructed Beach Boys-esque doo-wop of Wonder Woman to the menacing marriage of Eastern Hues and Western operatics of Beat the Bright out of Me,151ais a mediation between opposing drives, offering possible reconciliation but never promising it. The albums emotional wellspring, I Am The Antichrist To You was reimagined in 2021 when it was featured on the animated sci-fi sitcomRick and Morty, introducing Kishi Bashi to a new generation of awestruck fans.

Kishi Bashi uses151aas a vehicle to explore his cultural background. Using Japanese refrains as a compositional and textural device (the polyrhythmic grandeur of Bright Whites; the gleeful surrealism of It All Began With a Burst), Kishi Bashi celebrates his heritage with earnestness. Japanese phrases and couplets are sung as the response to Kishi Bashis resplendent calls, offering listeners a conversation that dovetails with the albums themes of love, sentimentality, and self-discovery.

Today, the one time and one place that151ainhabited seems further than ever, almost broaching celestial realms of time and space. But, rest assured, with each listen, the world that Kishi Bashi built springs back to life. The world of151anever leftit was just waiting to be rediscovered.

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151a: 10th Anniversary Edition [2CD]
Artist: Kishi Bashi
Format: CD
New: Available $18.98
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Formats and Editions

DISC: 1

1. Intro / Pathos, Pathos
2. Manchester
3. Bright Whites
4. It All Began with a Burst
5. Wonder Woman, Wonder Me
6. Chester's Burst Over the Hamptons
7. Atticus, in the Desert
8. I Am the Antichrist to You
9. Beat the Bright Out of Me
10. Intro / Pathos, Pathos (Demo-Arigato Version)
11. Manchester (Demo-Arigato Version)
12. Bright Whites (Demo-Arigato Version)
13. It All Began with a Burst (Demo-Arigato Version)
14. Wonder Woman, Wonder Me (Demo-Arigato Version)
15. Unicorns Die When You Leave (Demo-Arigato Version)
16. Chester's Burst Over the Hamptons (Demo-Arigato Version)
17. Atticus, in the Desert (Demo-Arigato Version)
18. I Am the Antichrist to You (Demo-Arigato Version)
19. Beat the Bright Out of Me (Demo-Arigato Version)
20. Winter from Shiki (Demo-Arigato Version)

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They say that you spend your entire life writing your first album, piecing every formative moment, scribbled turn of phrase, and thematic epiphany into a fantastical collage. Multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) disproves that old adage. The title of Kishi Bashis 2011 debut album,151a, is a riff on the Japanese phraseichi-go ichi-e, roughly translating to one time, one place. Thats exactly what this debut is: A singular time, an inimitable place, a launchpad for bigger and better things to come.

Its a play on words that translates as a performance aesthetic of having a unique performance in time, with imperfections, and enjoying it while you can, Ishibashitold NPR at the time of the albums release. The saying reminds me to embrace my mistakes and move forward.

From the deconstructed Beach Boys-esque doo-wop of Wonder Woman to the menacing marriage of Eastern Hues and Western operatics of Beat the Bright out of Me,151ais a mediation between opposing drives, offering possible reconciliation but never promising it. The albums emotional wellspring, I Am The Antichrist To You was reimagined in 2021 when it was featured on the animated sci-fi sitcomRick and Morty, introducing Kishi Bashi to a new generation of awestruck fans.

Kishi Bashi uses151aas a vehicle to explore his cultural background. Using Japanese refrains as a compositional and textural device (the polyrhythmic grandeur of Bright Whites; the gleeful surrealism of It All Began With a Burst), Kishi Bashi celebrates his heritage with earnestness. Japanese phrases and couplets are sung as the response to Kishi Bashis resplendent calls, offering listeners a conversation that dovetails with the albums themes of love, sentimentality, and self-discovery.

Today, the one time and one place that151ainhabited seems further than ever, almost broaching celestial realms of time and space. But, rest assured, with each listen, the world that Kishi Bashi built springs back to life. The world of151anever leftit was just waiting to be rediscovered.

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