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"Dream pop" is a term that gets slapped on any act that incorporates ambient elements or lets instruments obscure the vocals. I can understand the urge to label some music thus, especially where it applies to Asobi Seksu. It's been called dream pop because it is pleasant and airy, like a good dream. But if we consider the bands who first inspired the term, we're reminded that all dreams aren't necessarily good ones. 

 

Anyone who says Hush, Asobi Seksu's third record, isn't a pleasant listen is either lying or deaf. It feels similar to the stereotypical calm of Eastern culture. As far as listening experiences go, you can certainly do a lot worse than sitting back in your chair, being consistently affected by Asobi Seksu's sunlit wandering. Unfortunately, it would probably be better for Hush if the band stepped into the shadows every once in a while.

 

Cocteau Twins is the band most strongly associated with the term dream pop, and besides embracing every type of sonic oddity, their albums were definitely nice, airy affairs; however, the dreams in their "pop" weren't always pleasant ones. In each of their best albums, you found a band pushing itself to mine the angry and despairing as well as the idyllic, and it made all of the songs better for it. Hush doesn't have that. It's just one long walk in the park. No hurt stabs through the sweetness, and the listener rides a vaguely pleasant glaze until the album's close. The closest Asobi Seksu ever comes to straying off the path is the pretty good "Me & Mary," which strikes the petulant and fitful more truly than it does any kind of strong discontent.

 

The members of Asobi Seksu know how to write songs -- warm, resonant and sentiment-filled. That's a serious achievement in itself. Now they just need to look around Eden until they see a darkness, and go toward it.

 

  • Layers?
  • Familiar Light?
  • Sing Tomorrow's Praise?
  • Gliss?
  • Transparence
  • Risky and Pretty
  • In The Sky?
  • Meh No Mae?
  • Glacially?
  • I Can't See?
  • Me & Mary?

Leaving behind the sweetly guitar-crushed avalanche of shoegazed sound that dominated Asobi Seksu and Citrus, Asobi Seksu’s Hush does exactly that, quieting down and revealing a love of 4AD-styled dream pop that acts as a sonic companion to the Creation Records fetishism that dominated the band’s first two discs.  At this point, though, it doesn’t really matter—Yuki Chikudate could warble spoken word chants to a psychobilly backdrop and it would still sound lush, enigmatic and irresistibly catchy.

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Skip this record, It's terrible.

mate1887

definitely disappointing i expected a lot better one or two okay songs otherwise not worthwhile

kirktv

B.O.R.I.N.G.

DivaQueen

This album will make you feel like a new, better person. It's like sitting in a hot spring with slowly churning water. It may sound slower and spacier than Asobi Seksu's prior work, but the sweet, echoing tones just melt all over you. Listen to it.

John

uninspired, do not like this one

cameron

this album is weak, these people know they can do better, avoid it like the plague

steve

this record is so good for winter. i can't stop listening. thank you thank thank you.

diverdown

I think this record is really good, more sleak and defined, the quality of the recordings and mixes are definetly better then the previous effort Citrus, even though is less immediate and 'playful' then its predessor, the lyrics and all the compositions are far more interesting and less approximated.
People who can write only BORING without explaning why they found something tedious should not even make the effort to write comments on music boards.

loom

Really like this. Considering just two albums ago, they were completely ripping off MBV (I mean completely, give their debut a listen, it's got no personality) the moves they made on Citrus and now on Hush are really fantastic.

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