Fluorescence - Polyvinyl
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Spencer Flanagan on March 21, 2011
You may wonder if this is in fact Asobi Seksu during your first listen to Fluorescence. Pounding drums and unexpected dance-friendly, heavy synthesizers welcome listeners to the new record. Quickly enough, however, singer Yuki Chikudate’s familiar, shrill and almost haunting vocals set in and you know you’re good to go with the New York City-based duo’s liveliest (and best) record to date. The album as a whole is extremely heavy, with almost an ’80s feel at times. The harshness of the musical chaos (begin playing “Trance Out” now) combined with Chikudate’s beautiful vocal range is stunning. Fluorescence is loud, honest, ambitious and fantastic. From start to finish, each second of the record is strategically planned out to create something your ears will be privileged to hear. While the band introduces new elements with this release, its shoegaze dream-pop still underlies each track, with many familiar experimental tangents scattered throughout.