(One Little Indian)
In Asobi Seksu’s world dreamy vocals soar over turbulent guitars and delicate vocals switch between English and Japanese in sweeping psychedelic pop songs. But in the real world the result is somewhat toothless, and, despite its prettiness, the final result lacks bite. Although frontwoman Yuki Chikudate’s sweet and wispy voice is given some weight by guitarist James Hanna, it is often drowned out, as is the case in Red Sea. On the catchy ‘Lions and Tigers’, however, her ethereal voice really comes into its own. This album should succeed in distancing the band from early comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, as they develop their distinctive sound.