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"Ishi Through the Trees (Make It Records) Ask Ishi what kind of music they make, and they'll gladly claim the title of "folktronic," which is fine if you want to describe the second (and pretty boring) half of the debut release from this set of impressive live performers. There are elements of that "folktronic" sound—acoustic guitar adornments, mainly—in Through the Trees' first half, but they're glossed over, thankfully, with hard-hitting bass, electric guitar riffs and irresistible synth lines. And that first half of the album is fairly undeniable (see: "Pastel Lights"), as co-vocalists John Mudd and Taylor Rea craft a sexual tension ripe for the times."
Ishi was nominated for Best New Act, Best Electronic/dance band, Best Song, & Best Group and won in the categories of "Best New Act" & 'Best Electronic/dance band"
"Ishi Brings Water To A Futuristic Drought, In A Roundabout Way.Somehow stumbled across this edit of the 1986 film Solarbabies, set to a new track from local electro-pop outfit Ishi called "Pastel Lights"--which, for my money, is the best darn thing the band's released yet. Big thumbs up all around--the track, the video, all of it. Anyway, check it out. "
Ishi and "Pastel Lights" Have Us Falling At No. 14
Last Night: Neon Indian, Ishi, Fizzy Dino Pop and Yeahdef at the Granada Theater.
True, the almost at-capacity crowd was primarily there to see the glitter of Alan Palomo and his Neon Indian stage show, but the exposure that Ishi received can't hurt this young band on the rise. Vocalists Taylor Rea and John Mudd combine perfectly as their sultry voices and high energy on stage are the perfect cherry on top of a sound that borrows as much from the swooping basslines of dubstep and drum & bass music as it does from 1980s dance with its synths and robot sounds. "Pastel Lights" served as the band's high-point as the crowd erupted into a dance craze that included one of the first attempts at crowd-surfing seen by this reviewer far too long. And the band also threw in a killer rendition of The Bangles' 1986 No. 1 hit, "Walk Like an Egyptian."
The garden then quickly filled in anticipation of the headlining acts. Ishi fans could be spotted with pastel-painted faces, in tribute to singer Taylor Rea's usual costume. Ishi's vibrant mix of electro beats and calm vocals attract fans like a bug to a light. John T. Mudd and Rea took it to another level: belly dancing, climbing on one another, and walking out into the crowd. The Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” proved successful with the fawning audience, inciting even more belly dancing from Rea. The crowd seemed to enjoy the sincerity of the fun-loving band. The massively popular single, “Pastel Lights,” ignited more excitement than we thought possible.