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Editors’ Notes

Combine Ghost’s Michio Kurihara with the Japanese power trio Boris, and the result is about what fans might expect: a heavy, psychedelic-stoner drone that often sounds as if the world is coming apart, piece by piece, but with a surprising amount of catchy tunes. The opener, “Rafflesia,” is five and a half minutes of slow-peeling action, a potential soundtrack to watching the sun slowly peek over the horizon. The title track is a beautifully muted and surprisingly precise pop song. “Starship Narrator” swings while maintaining a heavy trudge and a few spotlights for Kurihara to work the wah-wah pedal. “My Rain” is a gentle bucolic interlude serving as a brief introduction for the Pink Floyd–like ethereal buzz of “Shine” and the seven-minute understatement of “You Laughed Like a Water Mark.” It’s the final three tracks that get closest to what one might expect from this collaboration; “Fuzzy Reactor” and “Sweet No. 1” find enterprising new sounds in instrumental freakouts, and “No Sleep Till I Become Hollow” is a beautifully subdued piece of tranquil grace.

Customer Reviews

a rainbow of okayyy-ness

this review will not exceed 6.000 characters. if you are a fan of the ungodly heavy boris, you will be disappointed in this. if you are a fan of the more experimental, ambient boris, you would probably like this. if you are a fan of both boris and kurihara, you could be delighted. i found this album to be quite good, very different from a lot of the other work boris has done, collaborations or by themselves. very polished and clean sounding, and the guitar work is outstanding of course. given a few listens, this album could become quite addicting. it all just depends on your taste. this review did not exceed 6,000 characters.

Some Day They'll Find the Rainbow Connection

I'm a bit astonished by the negative to lukewarm reviews posted here. Which is why I decided to write one. This album is great and proves why Boris is one of the most exciting and versatile acts around. They've done a number of collaborations, but I think this is their most accessible to date. Kurihara is an undeniable guitar visionary and he really adds something special to the sound. There are droning fields of noise, soaring solos, and an evolving sound that oscillates between sheer melody and blistering distortion. The sound of artists making art. If only Boris fans were as open-minded as Boris themselves are!

Boris & Michio Kurihara are a solid combination

This album goes to show you that Boris is an amazingly versatile act. However, this album may turn off a lot of fans for its lack of crazy freakouts that many fans have come to expect. If you're new to Boris, you should probably take a listen to some of their other stuff before this, and its also necessary to check Michio Kurihara's band Ghost. If you like both, start with a track like Rainbow to see if this album is for you.


Formed: 1994 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Japanese cult favorite sludge/doom rock trio Boris take their name from a song on grunge godfathers the Melvins' Bullhead album. They also have a lot in common with the Melvins musically, including a fondness for heavily downtuned guitar/bass tones and exceedingly slow tempos. But they also incorporate elements variously drawn from other sources, including psychedelic rock, punk, noise, minimalism, pure sludge-drone music à la Earth, and more. Also, despite the unpretentious psychedelic/stoner rock...
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