On September 16th, singer and multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi will release a new album. Titled Sonderlust, it marks his third full-length following 2014’s Lighght and his first big release since last year’s live record, String Quartet: Live. The 10-track effort features production from Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear as well as drums by Matt Chamberlain (Morrissey, Fiona Apple, of Montreal).
For Kishi Bashi, once a member of of Montreal, Sonderlust represents his most personal work to date, one “forged through heartbreak” as he and his wife of 13 years struggled to stay afloat. “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”, he explained in a press statement. “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.”
“This album is straight from my soul,” added. “I questioned everything about what it means to love and desire. The difference between loving someone and being in love.”
As a first look at the forthcoming LP, Kishi Bashi has shared “Say Yeah”, a lovely disco-tinged slice of indie pop. Stream it below.
02. Hey Big Star
03. Say Yeah
04. Can’t Let Go, Juno
05. Ode to My Next Life
06. Who’d You Kill
07. Statues in a Gallery
08. Why Don’t You Answer Me
09. Flame on Flame (a Slow Dirge)