Tuesday, March 5th 7:00PM
After collaborating with indie greats; Of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi has embarked on an incredible orchestral solo project that is a dazzling array of looping and vocal/violin gymnastics. He performed here last March and it was without a doubt one of our favorite and most impressive shows of the year!
For the first half of 2012, Tokumaru locked himself inside his home studio while working on In Focus?, often forgetting to eat and sleep for long stretches of time while crafting the record’s 15 songs — each of which contains an average of 20 instruments and hundreds of recorded parts that are meticulously mixed together to create a single, cohesive track.
As a result of this extreme care and attention to detail, In Focus? —
despite its title — represents the clearest manifestation of Tokumaru’s multifaceted musical vision to date. From slow building album opener “Circle”’s perfect transition into standout track “Katachi,” to lead single “Decorate” and the beautifully delicate acoustic ballad “Tightrope,” it’s clear that Tokumaru has again succeeded in writing universal melodies while singing in his native Japanese.
After Tokumaru completed recording and mixing, In Focus? was mastered at Abbey Road Studios — a fitting location for an artist who grew up listening to The Beatles and Japanese pop music and whose music builds on the best elements of both to produce a unique sound irresistible to listeners regardless of their generation or the language they speak.
tall tall trees
Tall Tall Trees, formed in 2008, is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Mike Savino. Often performing on a home-rigged electric banjo sent through an array of pedals and loopers, Savino along with longtime collaborators Mathias Künzli (drums), Kyle Sanna (guitar, keyboard), and Benjamin Campbell (bass) create music that is a blend of folk and rock with the occasional foray into psychedelia.
Moment, the band’s sophomore album, made possible by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, was released February 2012 via the band’s own Good Neighbor Records. The album has been called “an LP of majestic sonic qualities” by Groopease and showcases their evolution from a quirky bluegrass-leaning side project into a fully formed indie-rock band. Recorded by Matthew Cullen (My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne) at Dreamland Studios (Fleet Foxes, Delta Spirit) outside of Woodstock, NY, and mixed by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), moment finds the band crafting a rich textured sound to support the more complex themes dealt with in this set of nine songs. Inspired by a group camping trip into the Alaskan wilderness, moment tells the story of a man yearning for escape and connection with nature. Listen Before You Buy called it a “beautiful and compelling album”, drawing references to Wilco and Brian Eno.
Tall Tall Trees’ self-titled debut was released in 2009. Jezebel Music dubbed it “a perfect storm of catchy songwriting, spot on performances, and crisp, inventive production.” The record became a mainstay on college radio charts for several months despite the band’s lack of promotional funding. According to College Music Journal , “it’s impossible not to smile at their pop-driven folk songs” earning the band official showcases at the CMJ Music Marathon three years in a row.
Songs like “Heart Says Go” and “Bubble Gum” have found their way onto television shows like Teen Mom, American Pickers, and Two and a Half Men and have earned the band a loyal cult following for their eclectic brand on indie folk-rock.