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free music friday: asobi seksu

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‘Suzanne’ [Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions cover]

With three albums already behind them, Brooklyn shoegazers Asobi Seksu have amassed a respectable enough back catalogue to afford a live release, and the forthcoming Acoustic At Olympic Studios (November 16th, One Little Indian) will do very nicely indeed. Fans of the band who caught them on tour earlier this year may have been lucky enough to pick up a copy already, but for the rest of us this official release is a very welcome one, even if the North American release of the same material (via Polyvinyl) is getting the immeasurably cooler title of Rewolf.

Nestled among the cabinet of curiosities of acoustic reworkings of their own songs is ‘Suzanne’. Originally recorded by Mazzy Star escapee Hope Sandoval and her Warm Inventions, the Asobi Seksu take doesn’t deviate too far from her dreamy and delicate tones. Glockenspiels and sweeping strings are employed beneath breathy and barely-there vocals from singer Yuki Chikudate to produce a song with the consistency of tissue paper, so fragile you fear it might fall apart in your hands. Bearing in places the mournful watermarks of its Leonard Cohen namesake, the song hangs on heady, impressionistic lyrics and the titular refrain of a chorus that’s more sighed than sung. If you want to lie back, close your eyes and escape for the space of a single, this one’s for you. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Asobi Seksu, ‘Suzanne’

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