Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Layers” by Asobi Seksu from the group’s 2009 album, Hush, available on Polyvinyl.
With their last album, the members of Asobi Seksu were looking at the world with their heads turned toward the ground. The aromatic shoegaze of Citrus permeated ever square inch of Asobi Seksu’s sound, drawing comparisons to Lush and Ride. A few personnel changes and a new labels has found the shoegaze quietly pushed to the background in favor of slick production and a 80s pop attitude. Gone is the modern edge that gave the group an air of mystery, replaced by light melodies and an air of Psychedelic Furs. Rather than provide the soundtrack for an arthouse flick, Asobi Seksu have gone the way of Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candle. Hush is the music of young love; music of the innocent and unbroken. It’s reminiscent of a time when we weren’t beaten down by the circumstances surrounding our daily lives. Crack a smile, remember a teenage romance, and forget about the pile of work and bills as you gradually crank “Layers.” Your co-workers and neighbors will eventually thank you for it.
Asobi Seksu is currently on the road delivering Hush to the live masses. If you head over to the group’s MySpace page, you’ll find more than 20 chances to catch them across the great United States — or you can be patient and see the group when they hit Neumo’s in Seattle March 10th. To whittle away time, may we suggest checking out the video for Hush‘s first single, “Me & Mary”: