Asobi Seksu

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Asobi Seksu (2004), 6/10
Citrus (2006), 6/10
Hush (2009) , 5/10
Rewolf (2009), 4/10

New York-based Asobi Seksu, led by female Japanese-American singer Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna, played old-fashioned shoegazing-rock. Asobi Seksu (2002 - Friendly Fire, 2004) was an unabashed tribute to the walls of distortions of My Bloody Valentine.

Citrus (Friendly Fire, 2006), recorded by the duo with a new rhythm section, was slightly more original, boasting catchier riffs and refrains: the breezy Thursday, the dreamy jangling Strawberries, the pounding power-pop of New Years, the retro singalong Goodbye (reminiscent of the ye-ye girls of the 1960s), the emphatic and stately Lions and Tigers (in which guitar noise steals the show), etc. But the songs still suffers from their derivative roots. They stubbornly stick to the song format, occasionally bordering on kitschy Japanese pop. The exception is the eight-minute shoegazing apex Red Sea, in which the singer sounds like a lively version of Kate Bush and Bjork, and that boasts a coda of blissful noise. In general, though, her angelic-evil voice is a mixed blessing.

A more elegiac tone pushed Hush (Polyvinyl, 2009) towards the sumptuous dream-pop of the Cocteau Twins. However, the final product sounded occasional and erratic, with a few cute songs (mainly Me & Mary and I Can't See) buried into a jelly of self-imitations.

Rewolf (2009) offers acoustic renditions of Asobi Seksu songs done by vocalist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna.

Fluorescence (2011) was another mediocre stab at dream-pop celebrity.

Hanna later formed Youth Worship that debuted with Youth Worship (2015).

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