Asobi Seksu – Merry Christmas
Review by Dylan Strain
Shopping in Wilkos yesterday I got hit over the head with the annual Chrimbo nonsense that is Wham‘s Last Christmas plus other yuletide brickbats masquerading as logs, you know them all, only too well.
Today, another day and the season’s greetings offered from New York City, a Ramones cover and original other, New Year. Two for Santa to dance to.
Merry Christmas.. is fluffy fuzzy guitar pop (oh! Not that old Xmas chestnut of a genre!) complete with lovely plink plonk xylophone throughout. Upbeat, the drums drive the song along, contrasting well with the merry but delicate female vocal. Three minute throwaway and not bad for it, but not scaling the full heights of the chimney.
New Year ups the beat a bit again, similar to the previous, but this one sung in Japanese (hopefully not lost in translation - memories of a friendship?) The track is taken from the bands pretty useful second LP of this year, Citrus. It rocks along, then a super mid-song lullaby hushes things up and then.. Bong! - Trademark Asobi guitar chimes in, building to a peak and then like a year, to a close.
Asobi Seksu’s golden nugget, the video single Thursday