Published Oct 23, 2008I had sort of forgotten about Asobi Seksu until I read about their forthcoming album, and that they signed to Polyvinyl earlier this year. Considering just how in vogue shoegaze is at the moment, ahem, it's the perfect time for the perky NYC third-gen 'gazers to make their return.
A new album is expected in early 2009 and the first trace of where they are headed has reared itself. Physically available on November 18 via Polyvinyl, "Me & Mary" immediately shows that the band have adopted some new spots, crashing the gates for a song that hits the ground running and never looks back.
Out-muscling any of their previous material from the past, as well as giving faster examples of their forefathers, such as Lush's "Hypocrite," Ride's "Chelsea Girl" and even My Bloody Valentine's "Sueisfine," a run for their money, Asobi Seksu hold off on the oversaturated production that made their dream pop that extra bit dreamier and find some middle ground where you can almost decipher vocalist Yuki Chikudate's lyrics. In the end it feels utterly dizzying, as if the momentum of the song has been spinning you round and round on a twisty office chair.
Having recently played Toronto, the band have one more Canadian date left on their tour, at Vancouver's Media Club next Tuesday (October 28). Anyone looking to get more of a sneak peek at what's in store for the new album best attend.