Kishi Bashi – Violin Tsunami (Music Video)
by Steven Spoerl
Julia and Mike McCoy have brought about a breathtakingly singular vision in their astonishing animated clip for Kishi Bashi‘s “Violin Tsunami”. Gorgeously crafted and delivered with no reservation in conviction or sincerity, “Violin Tsunami” is achingly beautiful throughout its runtime, using some reserved and extraordinarily powerful imagery to undercut the tragic reality of the clip’s conclusion. Every frame of “Violin Tsunami” is mesmerizing and bristling with raw feeling, drawing from the well of humanity itself to serve an arc worthy of that stature. Pained, haunting, and concealing more than a glimmer of hope, “Violin Tsunami” stands firmly in its message and winds up as one of the strongest pieces of animation, let alone music videos, 2019’s had to offer.
Watch “Violin Tsunami” below and pick up a copy of Omoiyari from Joyful Noise here.
Ishi Bashi’s Violin Tsunami recording along with the visuals of the McCoys’ touches the heart and mind. My Mom’s family was one of those in the Heart Mountain internment camps and his music and visuals brings profound feelings of all kinds. Thank you for bringing this to life.