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    The most important thing to know about Asobi Seksu‘s upcoming new studio album? “Hush was written while we felt destroyed,” reveals guitarist James Hanna. Adds singer Yuki Chikudate, “our last record was done under such stressful conditions, especially given the time constraints, so there was not as much room to try out everything that we wanted to.” Thus, when the New York natives headed into the studio last summer, they decided to take a different approach, abandoning the “7,000 reverb guitars” and shoegaze-pop revivalism, or the sounds which helped 2006’s Citrus earn wide acclaim, in favor of a stripped down, in depth style.

    The result is Hush, a 12-track effort due out on February 17th via Polyvinyl. Produced by Chris Zane, Asboi’s hush Asobi Seksu to Hush the crowds...third full-length effort is described as a collection of “dew-draped” riffs and “spiral staircase” melodies, all of which bring about a “phoenix rising vibe”. (See: Hush‘s newest single, Familiar Light, as an example.)

    In support of the release, Asobi Seksu have announced dates for a rather extensive world tour, set to begin early next month and continuing into early April. The band also plans to make a stop at South by Southwest as well.

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    “Familiar Light”

    Hush Tracklist:
    01. Layers
    02. Familiar Light
    03. Sing Tomorrow’s Praise
    04. Gliss
    05. Transparence
    06. Risky and Pretty
    07. In the Sky
    08. Meh No Mae
    09. Glacially
    10. I Can’t See
    11. Me & Mary
    12. Blind Little Rain

    Asobi Skesu 2009 Tour Dates:
    02/08 – Southampton, UK @ The Talking Heads
    02/09 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
    02/10 – Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse
    02/11 – Dublin, IE @ Crawdaddy
    02/13 – Belfast, UK @ Speakeasy
    02/14 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC2
    02/15 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
    02/16 – Leeds, UK @ Faversham
    02/18 – Birmingham, UK @ Barfly
    02/19 – London, UK @ ICA
    02/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    02/21 – Paris, FR @ Fleche d’Or
    02/22 – Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
    02/24 – Muenster, DE @ Gleiss 22
    02/25 – Berlin, DE @ Magnet
    03/02 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
    03/03 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
    03/04 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
    03/05 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
    03/06 – Bloomington, IL @ Illinois Wesleyan U.-Young
    03/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    03/10 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
    03/11 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    03/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    03/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador
    03/15 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    03/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/22 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
    03/23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
    03/24 – Memphis, TN @ Young Avenue Deli
    03/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum
    03/26 – Chapel HIll, NC @ Local 506
    03/28 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
    03/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    04/02 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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