When Kishi Bashi exploded on the scene last year, his combination of voice and violin was extremely refreshing in a landscape dominated by guitar/synth. His live show, which incorporates a banjo, totally blew us away. This guy is something truly unique. His unlikely sounds and careful arrangement did not originally seem like it could easily translate to other music.
Earlier today, Kishi Bashi dropped a sweet cover of Beirut's "A Sunday Smile" and it's decidedly demonstrative of his ability to make another song his own in a respectful manner. The Kishi version pays tribute to the vibe of the original, while bringing his own specific touch. The result is a cover that does nothing to strip the song of the identifying qualities that made it great in the first place. A plucked violin eventually gives way to sweeping long strokes. A lush airy atmosphere surrounds Kishi's voice with plenty of space to breathe. It's all fairly minimalist and classy, although a tinge of psychedelia comes in towards the end with a percolating string effect. He and this song were made for each other.
Check out our video for Beirut's performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg below: