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Saturday, May 19, 2007

I LOVE Asobi Seksu!

One album I've been listening to a lot in the past week is Asobi Seksu's CITRUS. Asobi Seksu's a shoegazing rock band based in New York, their lead vocalist is Yuki Chikudate, who said in an interview with Pitchfork that one of the creepiest fan experiences for her was when she was surrounded by a bunch of hardcore otaku who called her Asobi and talked to her about anime. The band name, Asobi Seksu meant 'play sex' 'fun sex' 'playful sex' or something like that in Japanese.

What a coincidence that both Justin and I have been getting pretty into female Japanese singers named Yuki these days, just that his Yuki is in Japan while mine's in US.

CITRUS is an album I grew to love more and more after my first listen. To the point where I can't go through a day without listening to it at least once. (last album that did that to me was Late Night Alumni's Empty Streets)

Been listening to it usually when I'm writing the screenplay for 'Red Bean Soup', my supposed upcoming short film. But instead of really inspiring me, it made me stop writing, as I managed to discern some flaws with the current draft that make me want to actually revamp everything from scratch. (basically, I stopped, ah, believing in what I was writing) So... I'm not sure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing.

Anyway, here are some music videos from the tracks of Citrus. Only two so far. So you guys must... MUST watch them!

Thursday music video

The first one's THURSDAY, which is one of my favourite tracks in the album. Justin sent it to me some time ago, I listened to it, liked it, and strangely, gradually loved it, thus prompting me to get the entire album. This music video made me love the song even more, strangely.

Here's another:

GOODBYE music video

Seem that they have a bigger budget with the GOODBYE music video. It's cool, but reminds me a little of some of ENON's videos with the CGI and stuff. Er, and I'm not saying this because both bands have Japanese female lead vocalists.

Anyway, here's a music video of WALK ON THE MOON, a song from their previous self-titled album.


Tell me what you guys think. Besides the fact that it'll be awesome if I can use something by them in any of my future films when I become less of a small fry filmmaker as I am now. Haha.

Go to Asobi Seksu's MYSPACE page too if you want.

Asobi Seksu is Yuki Chikudate (lead vocalist, keyboard), James Hanna (guitar, vocals), Haji (Bass) and Mitch Spivak (drums)