Fluorescence

Fluorescence

by Asobi Seksu
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The cover art may resemble a Cocteau Twins record thanks to the handiwork of Vaughan Oliver, who designed a good share of the 4AD catalog, but for Fluorescence, Asobi Seksu take another step away from their shoegaze influences. On their

Overview

The cover art may resemble a Cocteau Twins record thanks to the handiwork of Vaughan Oliver, who designed a good share of the 4AD catalog, but for Fluorescence, Asobi Seksu take another step away from their shoegaze influences. On their fifth album (fourth if you skip the prior album of acoustic reworkings), the wall of distortion is minimized and Yuki Chikudate's vocals are pushed to the forefront to be left wavering in the wind. Her voice previously sounded sweet and gentle when buried in guitar swirl -- particularly on Citrus and the excellent self-titled debut. Up close and personal, it can be dodgy, especially when she aims at shrill high notes and skates around them. This style of singing, matched with the softer, glossier, '90s-sounding production of Chris Zane (Tokyo Police Club, the Walkmen), makes the material more in tune with the Cranberries than My Bloody Valentine. Fans of the early dream pop stuff may have difficulties accepting a cleaner, more synthesized pop approach. At the same time, the shimmering, slow-motion beat of "Counterglow" might pull in some new crossover fans, and James Hanna's guitar layering on "Trails" is a nice nod to their heavier past.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Polyvinyl Records
UPC:
0644110021021
catalogNumber:
210
Rank:
194692

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asobi Seksu   Primary Artist
Larry Gorman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Zane   Percussion
Billy Pavone   Bass,Group Member
James Hanna   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Yuki Chikudate   Organ,Synthesizer,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Dateh   Violin
Devin Maxwell   Percussion
Kevin Farrell   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Vaughan Oliver   Artwork,Art Direction
Chris Zane   Producer,Engineer
James Hanna   Composer
Yuki Chikudate   Composer
Deb Fenstermacher   Management
James Sandom   Management

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >