Asobi Seksu returns to First Avenue, Downtown Minneapolis Tuesday, March 1 to First Avenue’s 7th St. Entry Stage. The band will appear with fellow Brooklyn-based alternative rock band, Brahms, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10/$12 for the 18+ show.
Asobi Seksu is led by vocalist and keyboardist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna. The band is rounded out by William Pavone on bass and Larry Gorman on drums.
The performance comes just after the release of Asobi Seksu’s fourth full-length album, “Fluorescenc”, released on February 15, 2011, produced by Chris Zane and released on their new label, Polyvinyl Records.
The label describes the song, “Coming Up” as setting the tone with beehive-like synth lines with washes of dream-pop. It describes “Trails,” as a vehicle for singer and keyboardist Yuki Chikudate to set her immaculate melodies against a barrage of battery-powered chords.
“The soundscapes of as Fluorescence get even brighter” with expansive and erratic pop movements of “Leave the Drummer Out There”, to the weightless balladry of “Ocean,” a track that channels its title with swollen synths and beats that bob and weave.
There are also four digital bonus tracks including “All Around” and “Trails (a Deerhoof remix).”
Asobi Seksu released its self-titled debut album in 2004 and critical acclaim from reviewers and received a lot of video airplay with the song “Walk on the Moon” and enjoyed a successful run on the New York club scene.
For its second album, Citrus, in 2006, the band recorded at Gigantic Studios in New York, and enjoyed further success with songs in both English and Japanese. The album lofted the band to worldwide acclaim outside of the United States and Japan to Europe, Australia, Korea and Mexico.
According to the band’s label, Asobi Seksu creates melodically rich and catchy songs, and are “masters at creating musical textures; gauzy, cloudy dreamscapes for their slower songs and squalls of guitar and daisy-chained effect pedals for their barnstormers. What truly distinguishes them, though, is that the band has now married this ability to a finely honed pop sensibility.”