Citrus-y Goodness

A couple years ago, I had purchased the first Asobi Seksu album on the strength of some of the descriptions; shoegazer, swirling guitars, ethereal female vocals, lyrics sung sometimes in Japanese. You get the idea, and I'm a sucker for that stuff. Well, the album had it's moments and it showed promise, but, to me, a lot of it sounded either unfinished or underdeveloped.

Last spring, I saw an ad for a new AS album ("Citrus") but I didn't think much of it. About a week before it's release (at the end of May), I happened to click on a myspace link where I could preview a couple of their new songs, "New Years" and "Thursday". Stunning. I eventually picked up a copy of the album and I feel that I can say it's consistently great from start to finish. The production is better, the songs are better, the whole thing is a huge step forward, and I can't stop listening to this album. Seriously, if you're into the whole swirly guitar dream pop thing, click the links and listen, then do yourself a favor and get it. Also, they have the coolest gig posters (scroll to the bottom).
Red Sea


Stef said...

Hmmm.... Not really my thing. Nicely produced pop though I'll grant you that.

robot_hero said...

Aw man, I could listen to stuff like this til I end. ^^

Stef said...

But that's because you're a cheese-master! We wouldn't change your strange ways though, we really wouldn't. :-)

jennifer said...

I'm interested in picking up the first album, too! Is it underproduced? Do the guitars swallow her vocals?

robot_hero said...

Yeah, that first album, I dunno. Sounds like they didn't have the songs completely done or maybe they didn't have enough budget for studio time. It's got a couple moments, but it's really not very good at all.