Asobi Seksu - Asobi Free Downloads.
Bill Cummings 30/04/2007
Quite beautiful New York group Asobi Seksu (Japanese for "playful sex") , release their self titled album on One Little Indian on the 28th of May. In celebration the kind people at OLI have given us two free downloads, they've been compared to My Bloody Valentine, the Pixies, Stereolab, and Lush, yet their swirling beauty is more inividual than that, check out their sound to make your own mind up:
Asobi Seksu- Sooner- MP3
Asobi Seksu- Happy- MP3
Some more information about the band:
"Asobi Seksu is New York's best kept secret, but they won't stay that way for long. Formed in 2002, the band is singer/keyboardist Yuki, guitarist/singer James Hanna, bassist Glenn Waldman, and drummer Keith Hopkin. Asobi Seksu eschew flavour-of-the-month posturing in favour of a sound that is intense, emotive, complex, and thoroughly beautiful. Yuki's vivid stories of loss and heartbreak - sung in English and Japanese - soar above ebbing squalls of deeply textured guitar noise that would make Kevin Shields blush.
A mainstay of premiere East Coast venues - including sold-out shows in New York - Asobi Seksu are a formidable live act. Perfectly executing both the rhythmic precision and saturated ethereal melodies of their first studio effort, the band delivers a brilliant live performance.
Never wasting a second, they blend pop sensibilities and poignant moments of melancholia with unexpected sonic explosions. . Mainstream press has taken notice, with favorable reviews from the New York Press, Amplifier, The Village Voice, and the New York Times, who praised their, "blaring, shimmering, multilayered guitars" and "well-made pop melodies."
Asobi Seksu's self-titled debut album is released on One Little Indian with stunning artwork by Sean McCabe, best known for his graphic work with the band Interpol. The video for the single, "Walk On The Moon"
(directed by L. Phillipe Casseus of Partizan Entertainment), was picked as a "Freshman" (featured video) on MTVU and the #1 "Dean's List" video (voted by mtvu.com) in the States."