Asobi Seksu Announce 2011 North American Winter Tour

Polyvinyl recording artist Asobi Seksu has announced the release of their highly anticipated 4th album, Fluorescence, available February 14th in UK/Europe and 15th in North America on CD, LP (Gatefold Jacket, 180 gram pink vinyl limited edition of 1,500) and digital formats. The album features the lead single, “Trails”, which is available now as an MP3 download. There will also be a video for the track in early 2011. The album features artwork from acclaimed designer Vaughan Oliver (Cocteau Twins, Pixies).

The signs in Chris Zane’s studio couldn’t have been any clearer: “Don’t Overthink It” and one simple word—“BOLD.”

Or as Asobi Seksu guitarist/singer James Hanna puts it, “This time, our agenda was to not have one at all; to be mellow about the entire process instead of obsessing over everything.”

Maybe mellow isn’t the right word, unless he’s comparing the band’s fourth proper full-length (Fluorescence) to a coiled-up cobra or unconscious crocodile— temperamental types that are one false move away from striking. After all, “Coming Up” sets the scene by plowing into beehive-like synth lines and warp speed washes of dream-pop that leave you wondering just what the hell is going on.

Things don’t let up on “Trails” either, as singer/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate sets her immaculate melodies against a barrage of battery-powered chords. Catchy and chaotic to the core, the sky-scraping song pays homage to the pitch-perfect songwriting of the ‘60s by chartering a yellow submarine to the moon.


Asobi Seksu – Trails (mp3)


ASOBI SEKSU North American Tour

1/27/2011 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY*
2/17/2011 – Album Release Show at Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
2/25/2011 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA**
2/26/2011 – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC**
2/27/2011 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON**
2/28/2011 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL**
3/01/2011 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN**
3/03/2011 – The Badlander – Missoula, MT**
3/04/2011 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA**
3/05/2011 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC**
3/06/2011 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR**
3/08/2011 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA**
3/09/2011 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA**
3/10/2011 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA***
3/11/2011 – Casbah – San Diego, CA***
3/12/2011 – Neon Reverb Festival – Las Vegas, NV***
3/13/2011 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ***
3/14/2011 – Corazon – Santa Fe, NM***
3/22/2011 – The End – Nashville, TN****
3/23/2011 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN****
3/24/2011 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA****
3/25/2011 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.****
3/26/2011 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA****

*w/ White Lies
***w/ BRAIDS
w/ Cults