KISHI BASHI (London Waiting Room, 24/04/12)
What a gig! Sure, it’s easy to compare Kishi Bashi to fellow string-loopers Owen Pallett and Andrew Bird, but to his massive credit he does something innovative with a formula that’s gone a bit stale over the years. His violin skills impress although aren’t quite Bird-level, but the main draw is his love of improvisation, his melding of genres and of course, his awesome beatboxing. “Just a Tip” is dance-hall inspired filth, another song incorporates Arabesque touches, and Manchester is pure, shimmering indie-pop joy. The best new act I’ve seen this year by a country mile, and one I hope to playing much bigger stages in the very near future.