Album review for The Skinny
The Brooklyn-based duo of Yuki Chikudate and James Hanna caught our attention in 2006 with Citrus, their sumptuous second album. While the obvious reference point for that recordwas My Bloody Valentine, the sweet aftertaste left by their follow-up Hush is more akin to The Cocteau Twins’ glistening soundscapes. But Asobi Seksu deserve to be listened to without the ghosts of the 1980s lurking in your earlobes, because this third album is even better than the last, a stirring work of pop classicism that knows exactly when to surge forcefully skyward and when to play it cool. Chikudate’s pristine voice leaves you weak at the knees when it soars on Familiar Light, while Hanna has widened his range on guitar, from the erstwhile shoegaze loops on Glacially to the unobtrusive arpeggios of Layers. The pre-release fear was that they would forgo the tune in favour of the noise, but Asobi Seksu have replied to the doubters with a simple message: Hush.
Hush is out now on One Little Indian