Yuki Chikudate -
James Hanna - guitar, vocals
Bryan Greene - drums
Haji - bass
Asobi Seksu, like Sonic Youth and My Bloody
Valentine before them, are evolving and redefining what noise
means within the model of pop songwriting. The band melds lush
yet wonderfully crushing waves of white noise in variation with
synth-driven pop delicacies and tight lounge progressions ala
Stereolab. The quartet's melting-pot aesthetics also include
narratives sung in combinations of English and Japanese.
Characterized by her clever lyrical sensibilities, Yuki's energetic
lamentations on the song "I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me",
define Asobi Seksu's persona in the self-titled LP. James orchestrates
the often sonically furious multi-dimensional rhythm section and provides beautiful
supporting vocal harmonies.
Mainstays at New York City's premiere venues, Asobi Seksu are
formidable live act. Perfectly executing both the rhythmic precision
and saturated ethereal melodies of their first studio effort,
the band delivers a riotously brilliant performance, subject
to poignant moments of melancholia and unexpected euphonic implosions.