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Kishi Bashi's new album, <em>Sonderlust</em>, comes out Sept. 16.
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Kishi Bashi's new album, Sonderlust, comes out Sept. 16.

The latest single from Kishi Bashi is a synth-heavy, pulsing pop song full of both drive and heartache. "Can't Let Go, Juno," like many of the songs on Kishi Bashi's upcoming album Sonderlust, documents a difficult period the violinist and looper went through — both with his music and in his personal life. "Every time my phone lights up," Kishi Bashi sings, "My heart keeps skipping enough to give up / You know the better days still remain / Cannot be insane forever."

In July, Kishi Bashi spoke with NPR's All Songs Considered about the new album and premiered the first single, "Say Yeah," live on Facebook. "This album is a complete departure from what I've done in the past," he told NPR. "A lot of it is really personal. A lot of heartache and hardship hit me last year. But I tapped into that and made all these songs about the tumultuous journey I had."

Sonderlust is due out Sept. 16 via Joyful Noise.

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