Kishi Bashi: F Delano

Upbeat instrumentation envelops the complex subject matter of Kishi Bashi‘s new track “F Delano.” As one may assume, the lyrics address the reputation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt—specifically his perception as a hero in contrast to his use of internment camps for Japanese-Americans. From the singer/songwriter/violinist’s forthcoming album Omoiyari, this song falls among many others tackling the geopolitical strife from the past and its parallels to …

Kishi Bashi’s Valentine’s Day Playlist for Cool Hunting

The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has put together a sublime selection of "jazzy love songz"

One of our favorite musicians Kishi Bashi kindly created a Valentine’s Day playlist for us—and it’s full of jazzy, sweet and alluring tunes. Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru Ishibashi) tells us, about his Valentine’s Day playlist, “Music is an extension of the soul and nothing pierces the heart better than a beautiful song sung by angels.” From sublime, adored songs like “That’s Amore” and “Cheek to …

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Sexual innuendo from Tegan and Sara, new music by Dirty Projectors, a video from Bloc Party and more in our musical round-up

Dirty Projectors: Keep Your Name After teasing us about new music for the first time in seemingly forever, Dirty Projectors (the project of producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist David Longstreth) has released a new track: the strange and wonderful deep cut “Keep Your Name.” The first track since 2012’’s Swing Lo Magellan, this is an incredibly layered song—spacey, ghostly and atmospheric all at once. Jahkoy (feat. …