Monday, 6 April 2009
Asobi Seksu - Hush
The term Shoegaze seems to be surrounding bands like Asobi Seksu at the moment. I'm not sure I would agree with that, shoegaze being a term created when people in the late eighties had no clue how to categorize bands like My Bloody Valentine, etc. What ever genre or sub genre they might be all you need to know is that they are brilliant. Hailing from Brooklyn, which seems to be a hub for some exceptionally creative people (School of Seven Bells, MGMT, Kaki King, the list really does go on) they blend dreamy pop vocals with effect laden guitars and synths mixed in a lot more subtly than their previous outings you can tell there has been a different approach to recording this album. For instance, the album opens with the very mellow 'Layers' which straight away shows Asobi Seksu in a new light. They haven't totally mellowed out, far from it, for instance, the songs 'Sunshower' and 'In The Sky' build up to become very epic without the use of huge amounts of distortion and bass etc.
I can't stop listening to these guys at the moment, they are pushing all the right buttons.