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Studio album by Kishi Bashi
Released April 10, 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Studio Home Studios, Norfolk, Virginia
Genre Indie pop
Length 34:16
Label Joyful Noise Recordings
Producer Kaoru Ishibashi
Kishi Bashi chronology

151a is the first studio album by indie pop artist Kishi Bashi. The album, whose title resembles the Japanese expression ichi-go ichi-e, meaning one time, one place, was released on April 10, 2012.[1][2] 151a, similar to Kishi Bashi's second studio album, Lighght, was produced by Kishi Bashi and was recorded in various locations, however, most recording took place at Home Studios in Norfolk, Virginia.[2]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Sputnikmusic4.0 (excellent)

Kishi Bashi's debut studio album introduces two very powerful tools in his multifaceted repertoire: a violin and his voice. Kaoru Ishibashi, born in Seattle, Washington, uses his violin and his voice to convey the meaning of 151a. He uses indie pop and classical influences with the violin and intertwines the two and uses them interchangeably in 151a.

Critical reception[edit]

151a was released to much critical fanfare, receiving a score of 77 of 100 from Metacritic, whose users gave it a score of 8.6, indicating "universal acclaim".[3] Sputnikmusic's user mindleviticus raved about it, describing it as a good album to listen to should you be in the mood for "poppy, and quirky, orchestral music," and gave the album a rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars, described as an "excellent" rating.[4] James Christopher Monger of Allmusic spoke of 151a as "a trippy, intensely melodic set of nine cosmic chamber rock songs," and gave the album a rating of 7 of 10, indicating "generally positive" reviews.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kishi Bashi.

1."Intro / Pathos, Pathos"03:57
3."Bright Whites"04:12
4."It All Began With a Burst"03:02
5."Wonder Woman, Wonder Me"03:19
6."Chester's Burst Over the Hamptons"01:49
7."Atticus, In the Desert"04:18
8."I Am the Antichrist to You"03:56
9."Beat the Bright Out of Me"05:37
Total length:34:16


  1. ^ "Kishi Bashi: Unique Performances In Time". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  2. ^ a b "151a, by Kishi Bashi". Kishi Bashi. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  3. ^ 151A by Kishi Bashi, retrieved 2017-02-18
  4. ^ "Kishi Bashi - 151a (album review ) | Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  5. ^ "151A - Kishi Bashi | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-18.