Saturday, 5 March 2011

Boris Announce Two New Albums, First Single Revealed

Iconoclast Japanese trio Boris have released the first single from Attention Please, one of two new full length Boris albums to be released on the same day through Sargent House coming April 26.

The song, "Hope", showcases new aspects of the distinctly different sides to the legendary band's personality that can be heard between the pair of albums, Attention Please and the all new Heavy Rocks.

Boris are widely known for their ability to breach styles and stretch sonic boundaries of all that is heavy, psychedelic, droning and downright cathartic. But, Attention Please is more like a complete redefining of their potential in several ways. First and foremost, it is the first album on which all vocals are sung by lead guitarist, Wata. While she has previously sung on a couple of songs for singles and her solo outings, the entire 10-song album features her intimate, multifaceted vocal style.

Secondly, the songs on Attention Please have a sultry, intoxicating catchiness to them. It's melodic without sounding pop. It's psychedelic without sounding dated. It's heavy without relying on barre chord riffs.

The album opening title track begins with a pulsing kick drum as hushed, seething guitar and bass slither across the beat. Wata's cooing vocals drop in like a whispered warning of treachery to come in the threadbare musical landscape. "Hope" bursts forth like Sonic Youth on a detuned pop jangle, while "Les Paul Custom '86" sounds like a beautifully mutated hybrid of Serge Gainsbourg's playful "Ford Mustang" and the brooding intensity of The XX. Throughout, Attention Please sounds vaguely akin to a guitar-based Tangerine Dream covering Technical Ecstacy-era Black Sabbath.

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