Having received rave reviews from such outlets as the New York Times, Nylon, Under the Radar, YRB, XLR8R, and many more, NYC’s Asobi Seksu delivers a stunning Polyvinyl debut with its third album Hush.
Known for its captivating live shows, Hush captures Asobi Seksu's energy and transforms it into something new – something different.
Written while the band was recovering from a debilitating cycle of touring after the release of its second full-length (Citrus), the entire record has a phoenix rising vibe to it. Shimmering, dew-draped riffs and spiral staircase melodies are blurred by bits of guitar violence and sputtering drums bolstered by the ethereal vocals of vocalist Yuki Chikudate.
2Familiar Light (3:22)
3Sing Tomorrow's Praise (3:35)
6Risky and Pretty (0:45)
7In The Sky (3:40)
8Meh No Mae (4:04)
10I Can't See (4:17)
11Me & Mary (3:07)
12Blind Little Rain (4:34)
"Sing Tomorrow's Praise" and "Me & Mary" evoke iciness over icing, with more expansive cool than insidious sweetness. And the duo's seasick guitars, ethereal synths, and Japanese lyricism still provide plenty of geeky studio epiphanies
Chikudate's voice floats like a paper airplane through beautifully constructed soundscapes, effortlessly blending into the musical milieu on tracks like "Layers" and "Meh No Mae".
Asobi Seksu seem to be working in more of a jangly indie-pop vein, though still with a wispy and ethereal cast.
Yuki Chikudate could warble spoken word chants to a psychobilly backdrop and it would still sound lush, enigmatic and irresistibly catchy.
Hush's pleasant surprises tend to outweigh its disconnects, and they're well worth listening closely for.
Me & Mary (3:08)Dan-ah Kim and Aaron Stewart-Ahn