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- Posted on Oct 24th 2010 11:01AM by Alex Suskind
Finishing out the last night of this year's CMJ Music Marathon, Asobi Seksu played an explosive set of old favorites and new songs. Bathed in blue light, the band stepped out onstage and went right into 'Strawberries,' off their 2006 album, 'Citrus.' Although it would seem that the heavenly voice of lead singer Yuki Chikudate juxtaposed with the grinding guitars of James Hanna wouldn't work, it ended up having the complete opposite effect, making their shows an entertaining, interesting experience.
The band also played a few cuts off their upcoming album, which will be released next February. While new tracks 'My Baby' and a second one that Chikudate admitted she "forgot the name to," sounded very similar to what they had already been playing, it didn't seem to matter to the majority of the crowd who spent the entire performance dancing, jumping around and, at times, looking completely hypnotized by the pulsating strobe lights that shined through a thin cloud produced by the venue's smoke machine.
Although they played only a half-hour set, Asobi Seksu made the most of it. By the end of the last song, Chikudate triumphantly raised a tambourine in the air while chaotic noise continued to echo throughout the hall. Fans left with their ears ringing, but most would probably admit it was well worth the spectacle.