Boris: Attention Please (Sargent House)

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Boris: Party Boy
Boris: Attention Please (Sargent House)

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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