Being a big fan of my bloody valentine, I was turned on to Asobi seksu's second album Citrus, which I would fully recommend to any fan of shoegazer type music. I was looking forward to Asobi's third release, and have been pleasantly surprised by their change in direction.
Gone are the noisy guitar feedback and jangly riffs, welcome lush orchestration and atmospheric instrumentation. The sound of this album is much more striped back than Citrus, but this is definitely a case of less is more. The songs are a lot more focused and really make full use of singer Yuki Chikudate's delicately beautiful voice. It may take a couple listens to really appreciate the impressive soundscapes, but it's definitely worth the time as the unusual harmonies and complex melodies really help bring out the best of Yuki's vocal lines, and far from distract from the songs, really complement them. As a whole, Hush is a very organic listen, and the listener is really taken on a journey form start to finish. Stand out tracks Familiar light and Gliss are the albums strongest songs, but the fact that they don't make the rest of the album sound weak in comparison just goes to show the overall quality of the album as a whole. That said I would definitely recommend picking this album and giving it a chance.