15 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hush, huh? What a fitting album title, actually, given that Asobi Seksu’s third full-length doesn’t clobber you over the head with fuzz-encased chords so much as drift on by like cumulus clouds on a clear day. Whether this is a deliberate attempt to strip the shoegazer revivalist tag from the duo’s next press kit doesn’t really matter. Bits of second-hand My Bloody Valentine-isms pop up throughout 12 tracks that epitomize the term “dream pop,” including the ricocheting rain shower beats of “In the Sky,” the shock therapy climax of “Me & Mary,” and the swirling effects/lightly-treated vocals that turn the entire record into a layer cake listen, best consumed on a decent pair of headphones or home theater speakers. While it’s definitely subtler than Asobi Seksu’s other two discs — “Risky and Pretty” is downright ambient — Hush is hypnotic and hazy in all the right ways, a breath of cold air for the hot summer months ahead.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hush, huh? What a fitting album title, actually, given that Asobi Seksu’s third full-length doesn’t clobber you over the head with fuzz-encased chords so much as drift on by like cumulus clouds on a clear day. Whether this is a deliberate attempt to strip the shoegazer revivalist tag from the duo’s next press kit doesn’t really matter. Bits of second-hand My Bloody Valentine-isms pop up throughout 12 tracks that epitomize the term “dream pop,” including the ricocheting rain shower beats of “In the Sky,” the shock therapy climax of “Me & Mary,” and the swirling effects/lightly-treated vocals that turn the entire record into a layer cake listen, best consumed on a decent pair of headphones or home theater speakers. While it’s definitely subtler than Asobi Seksu’s other two discs — “Risky and Pretty” is downright ambient — Hush is hypnotic and hazy in all the right ways, a breath of cold air for the hot summer months ahead.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Happyapple10 ,

Love!

I'm always in the mood for thier songs. They take me from the ultimate highs to the deepest lows, and somewhere in the clouds, too. And while I am completely enamored with this album, I'm still gonna look for the best price, because it is not here.

Glitterflower08 ,

Utterly Gorgeous

Asobi Seksu has matured a great deal since their first album. In Citrus, they were okay. But just okay. They are now beginning to remind me of School of Seven Bells, which is not a bad thing in the slightest. An amazing album 5/5. Favorites: Layers, Thursday (Acoustic), Gliss, and Meh No Mae.

bergdorf_blonde ,

Utterly lovely.

If you don't buy the whole album, buy thursday's the acoustic version it's hauntingly pretty. The album is soft, soothing, and indie-ish. It's gorgeous.

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