Asobi Seksu (which draws its name from a Japanese term for “casual sex”), an NYC-based duo perhaps best known for their loyal conviction to the genre of shoegaze, have stepped up their game. The band’s latest release, Hush, does quite the opposite of what its moniker declares–twelve tracks of newly-emboldened layers that aren’t nearly so modest or lingering as previous albums (How apropos, then, that the first track on the LP should be entitled, “Layers.”)
It’s almost as if we’ve witnessed the maturation of a pretty young woman: We met her at 20, pretty and promising, the wistful and baggage-free version of everyone we already loved and admired. And now she’s turned 30–with the same gentle soul, starry-eyed spirit and tissue-light temperament. But she’s real now; she is her own person and far more confident, edgier, and weightier–and somehow, now so much more alluring.
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