Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari

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10.04.2019 - 20:42 Uhr - Newsbeitrag
Omoiyari: Eine Lektion in Sachen Mitgefühl

KISHI BASHI mit „F Delano“
Neues Album „Omoiyari“ ab 31. Mai bei Joyful Noise

KISHI BASHI veröffentlicht mit „F Delano“ bereits die zweite Single von seinem kommenden Album „Omoiyari“, welches für den 31. Mai bei Joyful Noise angekündigt wurde.

Omoiyari ist japanisch und bedeutet so viel wie Rücksicht, Mitgefühl, Teilnahme und Einfühlsamkeit. Diese optimistische Aufmachung – sowohl bei dem Song, als auch dem Album als Ganzes – steht dabei im starken Kontrast zum dunklen Unterton.

KISHI BASHI erklärt:
„A lot of complicated emotions inspired this song, mainly because FDR – a hero to a generation of people from The Great Depression – ultimately succumbed to prejudice and abandoned the Japanese-Americans.“

Die erste Single „Summer of ‘42“ erschien Anfang März.
„F Delano“ -

Bio:
Channeling the hard-learned lessons of history -- and reckoning with the country’s past internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII -- Omoiyari is an uncompromising musical statement on the turbulent sociopolitical atmosphere of present-day America.

“I was shocked when I saw white supremacy really starting to show its teeth again in America,“ Kishi Bashi says. “My parents are immigrants, they came to the United States from Japan post–World War II. As a minority I felt very insecure for the first time in my adult life in this country. I think that was the real trigger for this project.” Kishi Bashi recognized parallels between the current U.S. administration’s constant talk of walls and bans, and the xenophobic anxieties that led to the forced internment of Japanese-Americans in the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor. So he immersed himself in that period, visiting former prison sites and listening to the stories of survivors, while developing musical concepts along the way. The unique creative process behind Omoiyari will be documented in a film scheduled for release in early 2020.

“I didn’t want this project to be about history, but rather the importance of history, and the lessons we can learn,” Kishi Bashi -- whose previous albums 151a (2012), Lighght (2014), and Sonderlust (2016) have garnered serious acclaim from outlets including NPR Music, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian -- reflects. “I gravitated toward themes of empathy, compassion, and understanding as a way to overcome fear and intolerance. But I had trouble finding an English title for the piece. Omoiyari is a Japanese word. It doesn't necessarily translate as empathy, but it refers to the idea of creating compassion towards other people by thinking about them. I think the idea of omoiyari is the single biggest thing that can help us overcome aggression and conflict.”

The strong conceptual elements of Omoiyari are driven by Kishi Bashi’s captivating musical score. Stepping away from his past loop-based production model, he embraced a more collaborative approach when recording, and for the first time included contributions from other musicians, such as Mike Savino (aka Tall Tall Trees) on banjo and bass, and Nick Ogawa (aka Takenobu) on cello. Kishi Bashi’s spectacular trademark violin soundscapes are still an essential component of his sound, but the focus of Omoiyari is centered squarely on its songs. The result is his most potent and poignant collection of music to date.


Tracklist:
01. Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear
02. F Delano
03. Marigolds
04. A Song for You
05. Angeline
06. Summer of ‘42
07. Theme from Jerome (Forgotten Words)
08. A Metal for Leaves
09. Violin Tsunami
10. Annie, Heart Thief of the Sea

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