Spring has sprung and along with that comes the announcement of Jad Fair’s first LP as our Artist in Residence, here at Joyful Noise. The first and newest LP, Let’s Born to Rock, is a collaboration with Strobe Talbot and features the upbeat and classicly lo-fi song “Back on Track”, anounced today! If you haven’t been keeping up, Jad Fair has teamed up with Joyful Noise this year to create 4 LPs to be released exclusively on the label, featuring collaborations with Strobe Talbot, Norman Blake, Danielson, and R Stevie Moore.
Let’s Born to Rock is only available through the “Artist in Residence” box set from Joyful Noise. Only 450 copies will be made of each LP, all of which feature original paper cutting artwork from Jad Fair. Let’s Born to Rock is featured on a Cyan Blue Vinyl and the box to store the LPs highlights artwork from Jad Fair and is hand numbered and signed by the man himself.
In other words, this is too cool to pass up! Each LP will be released quarterly for the next year, and if the song “Back on Track” is any indication of what we can expect to come from Jad Fair and his dynamic collaborations, there is A LOT to look forward to.
Yep, Kishi Bashi has a new album on the horizon! The new album is titled “Lighght” (pronounced “light”) and will be released worldwide on May 13 via Joyful Noise. Yep, that’s the insane cover art pictured above. The album takes its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan. Musically the album expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut 151a to include not just avant-pop, but Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with 70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).
The first song from the album is “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” – an orchestrated and fully realized final version of the track featured on the limited edition 7″ released a few months ago. Stream the song above!
Pre-Order will be available within the next two weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! And yes, we will have a special VIP-Exclusive edition. Until then, if you are headed to SXSW, you should check out Kishi Bashi at one of the following shows:
Friday, March 14 – Aerobic International OFFICIAL SXSW Showcase at Half Step Bar
Saturday, March 15 – Pandora Showcase at The Gatsby
Saturday, March 15 – Denver Post Reverb Showcase at The Dirty Dog
Saturday, March 15 – Wild Honey Pie Presents “The Beehive Showcase” at Cheer Up Charlie’s
- Debut – Impromptu
- Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
- The Ballad of Mr. Steak
- Carry on Phenomenon
- Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
- Impromptu no 1
- Once Upon a Lucid Dream (in Afrikaans)
- Hahaha Pt. 1
- Hahaha Pt. 2
- In Fantasia
Cover Art available here:
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