Asobi Seksu & Ghost in LightOctober 2, 2006
The brand of indie pop performed by Asobi Seksu successfully melds pop melodies and the swirling, effects-laden guitar music of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and Lush to vocalist Yuki Chikudate’s mix of English and Japanese lyrics. The band’s most recent release, Citrus, came out earlier this year to great reviews.
Ghost in Light
St. Louis’ Ghost in Light do not play fast music, nor particularly loud music. The music they do play, though, is atmospheric, haunting and beautiful. The band performs its shows sitting down, which is not only appropriate for the mood of the music, but gives them easy access to the multitude of effects pedals that inform their sound. The band’s debut CD, Dead Eyes And A Traveling Mind, was a slow burner that revealed impressive songwriting skills and mastery of a hook, albeit often a very slow hook. The band features members of some of St. Louis’ most loved rock, post-punk, and punk bands, including Pave the Rocket, Fragile Porcelain Mice, Glory for Champions, and Railers of Kiev. GIL’s new demos show the band picking up the tempo and volume, as evidenced in the new song, “Faces”, available as an mp3 below. The new CD, which will also serve as bait for potential labels, promises to be even better than their debut.