Here at Listen Before You Buy we’ve got a bit of a love affair with Kishi Bashi. After first naming him One To Watch for 2012 (turns out we were spot-on with that prediction!), we gave him a proper introduction, and waited for the release of his debut album, 151a, which didn’t disappoint. In fact, we considered it one of the best albums of last year, and it made our honorable mentions list. The reason for our love affair is simple: there is something incredibly magical about the Seattle-native.
Not only is he a great, unique musician, but he’s incredibly dedicated to his craft, creating beautiful looking artwork for his releases and unique merchandise. Now he’s gone and combined both and put together a 7″ box set with three of the highlights from his debut: “Manchester,” “Bright Whites,” and “It All Began With A Burst”. Not only do the vinyls look beautiful, but he’s also recorded some covers of great songs to use as b-sides to the releases.
One of these covers is of Beirut‘s “A Sunday Smile”. K. Ishibashi takes the song to his terrain, using only his voice and multiple violin lines to recreate the original. Towards the end there’s even a plucked string section, which is fantastic.
You can order the box set, complete with a custom wooden frame, now over at Joyful Noise, but be quick because there are only 500 made. As an added bonus, they’re also all signed. Alternatively, if you’re broke like me, you can just order each 7″ individually.