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Asobi Seksu, Bell, Resplandor Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., March 5, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Asobi Seksu has attracted plenty of My Bloody Valentine comparisons, thanks to the dense dreaminess of James Hanna’s cloud of overdubbed guitars. But where MBV is an avalanche, this Brooklyn band is more like a downhill skier. Front woman Yuki Chikudate creates a crisp transcendental chill with her tightly controlled soprano, executing precise turns, swoops, and flutters rather than simply sinking into the mix as one more layer of sound—and it’s especially nice to hear someone who sings so high show a little personality without resorting to Bjork-like scenery chewing. Usually Hanna nurtures the other­worldly vibe from the background, but now and then he tears off a loud, scraggly crescendo, creating an appealing clash of angry geekitude and girl-group pop—imagine what it might sound like if Dolly Mixture dumped the Wedding Present. On Asobi Seksu’s third album, the new Hush (Polyvinyl), the songs are sparser and the singing more restrained, as though the group has moved past the exhilaration of winter’s first snow and settled into the sad introspection of February—but Hanna still finds occasion to blow off a little steam. Bell and Resplandor open. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $10

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