When K Ishibashi spun off a solo career from Brooklyn synth-rock group Jupiter One in 2011, he didn't just transition into one man and his guitar. Instead, the artist began layering instruments behind his vocals and reinvented himself as Kishi Bashi. The result was a unique indie/­psychedelic pop sound, showcasing Iishibashi's skill on the violin, keyboard, guitar and electronic soundboard. "I sort of think of it as avant-pop," he says. Iishibashi got his start playing with indie rock act of Montreal. After deciding to go it on his own, Iishibashi signed with Joyful Noise Recordings.

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