NEWS: Asobi Seksu – Free Download + UK Tour

15 04 2011

Asobi Seksu Release Xiu Xiu Remix Mp3, UK Tour With …Trail Of Dead

Brooklyn dream poppers Asobi Seksu have released a brand new remix by Xiu Xiu ahead of their UK tour with …Trail Of Dead.

Download Xiu Xiu’s spectral electronic rework of album track ‘Perfectly Crystal’ here:

As previously announced, Asobi Seksu are set to head out on a UK tour this week with Austin rockers …Trail Of Dead, opening for them and Rival Schools. A couple of headline dates in London and Brighton have also been added where indicated, here’s the full list of shows: 

Fri 15-Apr London Electric Ballroom

Sat 16-Apr Manchester Academy 2

Sun 17-Apr Glasgow Garage

Mon 18-Apr Birmingham O2 Academy 2

Tues 19-Apr London XOYO – headline show 

Thu 21 Apr UK Brighton Audio – headline show 

Following on from appearances at SXSW, this will be the first time the UK will be able hear material from Asobi Seksu’s latest album ‘Fluorescence’. 

The signs in Chris Zane’s studio couldn’t have been any clearer: “Don’t Overthink It” and one simple word—“BOLD”, or as Asobi Seksu guitarist/singer James Hanna puts it, “This time, our agenda was to not have one at all; to be mellow about the entire process instead of obsessing over everything.” 

 ‘Coming Up’ sets the scene with synth lines and washes of dream-pop. Things don’t let up on ‘Trails’ either, as singer/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate sets her melodies against a barrage of battery-powered chords. The song seems to be paying homage to the pitch-perfect song writing of the ‘60s. 

Fluorescence’s many shades shift with each passing song. That includes everything from the expansive and erratic sounding prog-style movements of ‘Leave the Drummer Out There’ to the balladry of ‘Ocean’, a track that channels its title with swollen synths and beats that bob and weave. 

“James likes to get a lot more abstract with the music,” says Chikudate, “So Chris (Asobi Seksu’s longtime producer) will often try and rein him in.”

“I like to see how far we can take a song before pulling back a bit,” explains Hanna. “Like I’ll say that 100 vocal tracks would sound great in a spot where we only need 40.” 

And since Asobi Seksu have spent the past decade refining sound (including last year’s special acoustic album, ‘Rewolf’), they knew exactly what to do with all of that restlessness: embrace it.

Edited by Joe Crouch



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