Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Witnessing the full firepower of this
Japanese psychedelic drone-rock band at Sydney's Vivid Festival last
year – earplugs supplied – was a revelation. When they were loud
they were very, very loud but when guitarist Wata stepped up to bring
her ethereal voice into play they were dreamily psychedelic and
rather special in a cinematic prog-rock way.
This, their 17th studio, finds Wata's vocals taking the lead on every track, from the quasi-ambient title track opener through the more meaty and beaty material (the poppy thrash'n'swoosh of Hope and Spoon, the full bulldozer on Party Boy) to experimental psychedelia (the echoing, slow dreamscape See You Next Week).
Tokyo Wonderland is like Laurie Anderson re-imagined by New
Zealand's feedback-noisecore outfit Gate, the six minute You
is a whispery piece set in a drifting spacecraft with ambient noise
from buzz-bleep computers and a synth with a gentle mind of its own,
and Les Paul Custom '86 comes from the surf-rock corner of
cheap pop (with a cough).
This is a different and very appealing
Boris – but to remind you of their sonic power it's released
simultaneously with Heavy Rocks (not to be confused with their
same-name, similar artwork 02 album) where their
psychedelic-Sabbath-meets-cluster bomb approach (with Ian Astbury of
the Cult, Aaron Turner of Isis and others) is to the fore.
It's the “chose your Boris” option.
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