AOTY 2019

Omoiyari

Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #168 / 610
User Score
Based on 296 ratings
2019 Ratings: #109
May 31, 2019 / Release Date
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Joyful Noise / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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Sputnikmusic

This album is the first work by Kishi Bashi that feels like a mission, and it’s that same sense of purpose that drives Omoiyari to be the most gorgeous and impactful piece of his catalogue.

80
God Is in the TV

It’s Kishi Bashi’s most passionate thought-provoking project to date.

80
AllMusic

It's a moving album throughout, one by a multifaceted musician whose songwriting outshines even artful arrangements.

80
The 405

Omoiyari explores darker waters than ever before, but the album can't help but still emerge as a willfully optimistic beacon to its creators innate kindness.

80
Exclaim!

In spite of minor missteps, Omoiyari manages to condense its political themes and historical scope into an impactful experience.

55
Spectrum Culture

Art pop extraordinaire Kishi Bashi runs into the fluffy suffocation of filler on Omoiyari.

Inglume
90
On Omoiyari, Kishi Bashi presents us with one of the most captivating concept albums of the decade.

Perhaps I am very biased since I'm Asian-Canadian, a violinist and can personally connect with this album, but I do think the subject matter that an album like Omoiyari deals with is not something you see or hear from often.

So my late grandfather had always been an important figure to me while growing up. Though he was a very flawed man, the memories I share with my grandpa are everlasting ... read more
usedtobe
100
The fourth studio record cover art by the Japanese-American violinist and singer-songwriter depicts several carved and painted scrap-wood bird pins of various species, in bold Technicolor by the imprisoned 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were held detained on inland concentration camps for the duration of the WWII. This depiction of human resilience and creativity, of being thrown in a difficult situation and finding beauty in the worst of circumstances is the subject of his new record.

Kishi ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
91
Omoiyari is one of the most powerful albums of the year

Best Tracks: F Delano,Marigolds,A Song for You,Angeline,Summer of '42,A Meal for Leaves,Violin Tsunami
Worst Track: maybe Annie, Heart Thief of the Sea?
JoaoSantos
49
This new Kishi Bashi album is wonderfully pleasant in all it's intricate melodies, orchestral and epic instrumentation but it feels really one dimensional and forgettable. I wish I could enjoy it more but unfortunately I can't.
luna128
80
and i dont even like AnCo so y'all aint even ready
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Track List

  1. Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear
  2. F Delano
  3. Marigolds
  4. A Song for You
  5. Angeline
  6. Summer of '42
  7. Theme from Jerome (Forgotten Words)
  8. A Meal for Leaves
  9. Violin Tsunami
  10. Annie, Heart Thief of the Sea
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Added on: March 6, 2019