Tuesday June 13, 2006

Loving: New Years - Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu is a 4-piece band from New York that fits nicely into one of my favorite rock niches: shoegazey pop rock. I loves me some crunchy guitars, floating vocals and bashing drums — all of which Asobi delivers in spades. I’ve only become aware of this band recently so I’ll borrow this snippet from their bio and leave it at that:

Asobi Seksu have always been masters at creating musical textures; gauzy, cloudy dreamscapes for their slower songs and squalls of guitar and daisy-chained effect pedals for their barnstormers. What truly distinguishes Citrus, though, is that the band has now married this ability to a finely honed pop sensibility. The songs here aren’t just “pretty,” they’re melodically rich and incredibly catchy. As their captivating live show attests, Asobi Seksu have outgrown the comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Lush, and have finally realized their potential as one of New York’s greatest bands. True to its name, Citrus is every bit as sweet and delicious as it sounds.

Listen: Asobi Seksu – New Years
Buy Citrus on iTunes or Amazon.

Extras:

Commentary


Dat Nguyen » 4033 days ago #

Wow, I love this. As someone who hasn’t heard them before, it is like My Bloody Valentine with more rock sensibility and pretty vocals. Violet Indiana should have went in this direction.

jordan_wildpirate » 4033 days ago #

Good band pick. I dig Lush, and any band that deserves comparison to them, is right up my alley. A related band you might like, is ‘The High Violets’. They were on 3hive a little while ago, and have the same sort of shoegazing tones and pretty, floating vocals.

Jared Christensen » 4033 days ago #

I like Lush, too—and any comparisons to them are not a bad thing at all. The High Violets are one of my favorite bands… I wrote about them a while back, too. ;)

jordan_wildpirate » 4033 days ago #

Well then :) You’ve got some good taste in tunes.

Rich » 4033 days ago #

I’ve been listening to these guys for a while, I love them. Good stuff.

« Older writing is available in the Archives.