ROCK OF ASIAN: New Album from Maia Hirasawa! GBGvsSTHLM

September 9th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Our love for Maia Hirasawa is longstanding, and it hurts us that her new album, GBGvsSTHLM, has only been granted a Scandinavian release.

(But hi! That’s what makes the Internet so darned fun. We can buy imports with just a click!)

With GBGvsSTHLM, Hirasawa displays the beautiful benefits of maturation, somehow trumping her debut effort (Though, I’m Just Me) by adding a distinct polish to her quirky confidence. The payoff is an album that is both strong and sophisticated; ballsy, yet thoughtful and restrained. In short, it’s womanly.

Don’t worry, growing up doesn’t take the fun out of everything. “Hush Now” opens the record with her signature girlish tone, and “The Wrong Way” will satisfy those desperate to hear a successor to “And I Found This Boy.” But a duet with Nicolai Dunger, called “Come With Me,” actually begins to crack Hirasawa’s brightly-colored shell, allowing us her vulnerable side and, ironically, her inside voice.

Should you need any more reason to be excited at this point, allow me to share the video for the new album’s first single, “South Again,” which has all of the freshness of a hip hop track tucked into a folksy, classically-touched ditty:

Like growing up, it’s futile to resist. Give in!

[MySpace: Maia Hirasawa]

xo, jRu!

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