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
But the songs still suffers from their derivative roots.
They stubbornly stick to the song format, occasionally bordering on kitschy
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
However, the final product sounded occasional and erratic, with a few cute
(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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