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Citrus

Asobi Seksu

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Album Review

Asobi Seksu are part of the contingent of bands who refuse to let shoegazing die. There are enough guitar effects on Citrus to make Kevin Shields proud and enough reverb and echo on the vocals to make Rachel Goswell blush. Asobi Seksu make judicious use of loud-soft dynamics, aren't afraid to disappear into great walls of guitar noise, and most importantly, they write very good, adventurous, and memorable pop songs. On song after song they throw hook after hook at the listener, vocal melodies, guitar lines, basslines, atmospheres — everything here is a hook that draws you into the band's cocoon of sound. Singer Yuki has a very malleable voice; one minute she is whispering girlishly, the next she is spreading her wings and coasting on a cloud of guitars. Guitarist James Hanna is very adept at over-dubbing, he turns himself into a swirling, marauding army of guitars that never overwhelms the tunes and always provides perfect accompaniment to the vocals. As the record plays you'll think of Moose (especially on "Strawberries" and "Strings") you'll think of buzz pop bands like the Primitives ("Thursday," "Goodbye"), maybe some Ride ("Lions and Tigers"), definitely My Bloody Valentine (just about everywhere!). When the record ends you'll think that this is a damn good record by a damn good band, and who cares if you can hear their influences so transparently? There is no shame in keeping a sound alive, especially if you invest it with energy, new ideas, and some soul. It also helps if you bring songs that are as good as those that the originators had. Asobi Seksu have done just that and Citrus is as good a shoegaze record you will ever hear, regardless of release date.

Customer Reviews

"Thursday"

I got this song, Thursday, free off facebook from the apple promotion thing. It came with a whole bunch of indie songs and I have to say, Thursday determined itself as my favorite. The beginning is so haunting, and suddenly it bursts into this ballad with soft vocals, amazing music and a truly unforgetable song. Thursday makes me feel so emotional, makes me feel so happy, so sad, so tired, so energetic. It truly defines the aspects of what music should be: a refleciton of life in someway. Please, download Thursday. It will be the best purchase you could ever make.

You'll become addicted to these guys!

I heard one song by them and I was hooked; I had to buy both of their albums immediately, and I'm so glad I did! Asobi Seksu is a nice, refreshing change from the other bands I've heard recently. Possibly the best band I've heard this year, even. Highly recommended!

Love this!

I am so glad they don't have the guy singing on this one.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bearing a hyper-stylized and glitzy graphic design sense, a pretty and petite Japanese female singer who sings alternately in Japanese and English, and a band name with a hint of nod-and-a-wink naughtiness (it's claimed to be a Tokyo-based slang term that means "playful sex"), Asobi Seksu come across like the latest Japanese import, the newest in a long line of ironic Shibuya-kei indie pop artists following Puffy AmiYumi, Cibo Matto, and Pizzicato Five. In fact, the quartet is based out of New York...
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