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Kishi Bashi (Athens, Ga.)
Not that we’re complaining, but what’s up with the rush of classically trained musicians making fruitful transitions into more populist forms of music? Add Karou Ishibashi to the growing list. Better known via his performing moniker Kishi Bashi, this Virginia native is an ace violinist who’s lent his talents to such artists as Regina Spektor, of Montreal and Sondre Lerche. He’s also a founding member of Electro Pop outfit Jupiter One, but more recently he has stepped out as a solo artist, dropping the full-length 151a, which he arranged, performed and recorded all on his own. It’s no surprise the record features plenty of violin; less expected is its expansive Pop soundscapes, which range from the ethereal “Manchester” to “Bright Whites,” a textured foot-stomper that recalls Animal Collective at its most accessible.
YDIID: Andrew Bird, Animal Collective doing Beach Boys covers, a lighthearted Sigur Ros. (Jason Gargano)