kishi bashi

‘Omoiyari’ is the sublime new album from onetime Of Montreal member and talented multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi under his Kishi Bashi alias. This is a deceptively pretty record exploring a particularly shameful era in US history, during which thousands of Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated following the attack on Pearl Harbour. While the subject matter is heavy the music is a delight: it shares much ground with the intricate chamber pop of artists like Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens while adding an almost Fleet Foxes-esque sense of Americana to the mix. Beautiful.

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