Asobi Seksu
Fluorescence


3.5
great

Review

by Coloso USER (6 Reviews)
February 14th, 2011 | 75 replies | 10,437 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As sweet and mellifluous as it is, don’t be surprised if Fluorescence leaves you with a rather odd aftertaste.

As listeners, we desire familiarity-- something to grasp on to, to harken back to. Looking back on the past can help us understand the present, but this desire gets us in trouble sometimes. We can get too caught up in striving to label that modern day My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive that we forget to appreciate the distinctness of the tongue-twister-tagged Asobi Seksu. ‘Tis a shame, because they’ve delivered another praise-worthy dreamscape of an album in Fluorescence. The Brooklynites first drifted hazily towards fame with the bilingual beauty Citrus in the early 2000’s, practically defining one of the most vexingly-named subgenres ever created, newgaze (which pains me merely to type). The music, on the other hand... oh the music. A catchy mish-mash of dream-pop and shoegaze with dulcet, mellifluous female warbling like glue fusing the two sounds? Yeah, it’s that pleasant. But here we are at Fluorescence, an album that finds itself in the same trance that Citrus succumbed to, and is all the better for it. Despite a few elongated hiccups throughout, Asobi Seksu have crafted a piece that harkens back to the days of the symphonic guitar melodies and overbearing atmosphere; but basks in its own serenity, a practically self-contained album untethered only by its own liveliness.

Fluorescence can be divided up into halves, more or less. The first six tracks display a meandering, lively affair evidenced perfectly by the ebullient “Trails.” Yuki sings with more gusto than ever before, and her vocals carry the track amid a flurry of synthesizers and bouncy melodies. Upon “Sigh” though, Asobi Seksu have seemingly found their way through the hazy fog of the primary six tracks, and are free to dance about on the clearer, solid ground they’ve found. The distinction isn’t incredibly drastic, but there’s a noticeable change. Perhaps it’s displayed best by the Vampire Weekend-esque poppy bliss of “Trance Out.” I fear “poppy bliss” sells the achievements of the ending short though, as the latter half and its more undeviating and diluted (to a reasonable degree) atmosphere is where Fluorescence achieves its momentum. Despite the Floydian reverie of “Leave The Drummer Out There” and similarly beautiful individual tracks, there’s a certain indistinctness and lack of clarity in much of Asobi’s latest. More likely than not, it’s due to the (over)production. Yuki’s vocals seem to be battling it out with the synthesizers at times, and more often than not, both parties lose the fight. Both elements have larger roles in Fluorescence than they have in Citrus, for instance, and it seems like Asobi Seksu weren’t quite sure how to make room. The stars of the show have a hard time sharing the stage.

Luckily, the loss of artistic focus and overbearing production don’t wholly swallow the two, dreamy hipsters; and the restraint of the second-half is finalized by an understated fade-out at the conclusion of “Pink Light” (yet another of the band’s aptly-titled tracks). So while Fluorescence is an obvious continuation of the blissful fuzziness on Citrus, it’s both flawed and fresh. As sweet and mellifluous as it is, don’t be surprised if Fluorescence leaves you with a rather odd aftertaste.



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OutOfMyself
February 14th 2011



688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.5 or nothing
also waiting for ire to fap to this with me

bungy
February 14th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, I love this music

Ire
February 15th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i love how the a and b side are totes different.

theacademy
February 15th 2011



28249 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this review is pretty terrible but i won't neg because its positive and i love the album

bungy
February 15th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I only neg reviews I disagree with

bungy
February 15th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tbh I've never read a review

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2011



7026 Comments


hmm... always wanted to listen to citrus but never did. i need new 2011 music too so ill probably check this out.

Ire
February 15th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

citrus bro

citrus

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2011



7026 Comments


already dling this, if i like it ill give citrus a proper listen too

Rev
February 15th 2011



9382 Comments


Citrus is so good

Def gonna check this out

Ire
February 15th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

citrus is better js

theacademy
February 15th 2011



28249 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

citrus is better but im not just sayin' it im saying it loudly

Ire
February 15th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I ORDERED CITRUS ON VINYL BTW

COMING ON MY BIRTHDAY

theacademy
February 15th 2011



28249 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if its the amazon random re-stocking then im waiting for it too


not getting my hopes up tho until it ships amazon cheeses that shit all the time

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2011



7026 Comments


well this album is fucking adorable

shazwagon
February 15th 2011



84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album! Might even be better than Citrus.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2011



30882 Comments


You contradict yourself in the first sentence

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Ire
February 15th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album really is wonderful.

Quality wise, it comes very close to citrus while sounding very fresh.

Ire
February 15th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

but yeah sounds very little like citrus.

Ire
March 25th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

coming up and trails are just so goood



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