RIYL: of Montreal, El Ten Eleven, Tall Tall Trees

Label: Joyful Noise Recordings


n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own

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Sonderlust is an album forged through heartbreak. After his two previous studio albums (151a and Lighght), Kishi Bashi was at a musical impasse. “As I sat down to write songs last summer, I went to all my usual conduits of creation: violin loops, guitar, piano…and I came up with the musical equivalent of fumes,” says K. Ishibashi. “I tried to create orchestral pop recordings that I assumed were my forte, and in turn I found myself standing in front of a creative wall of frightening heights.”

At this very same moment of musical uncertainty, K’s personal life was falling apart… He and his wife of 13 years had briefly separated and were struggling to keep their marriage together. In his own words, “Touring and its accompanying lifestyle took a heavy toll on my soul and my family.” As an outlet, K submerged himself in a new musical direction. Sonderlust emerged as a direct result of this personal struggle taking place at an artistic crossroads.      —      Joyful Noise

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