Boris
BXI


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
September 21st, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The new Boris EP could easily be the soundtrack of Bill Murray’s and Scarlett Johansson’s nightclubbing in Tokyo in Lost in Translation movie.

It’s strange, but the new Boris EP reminded me of that Sophia Coppola movie back in 2003, Lost in Translation. The film features Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as two people from the western world, stuck in Tokyo with lots of spare time and literally nothing to do. In order to fight their boredom, they delve into the Far East culture, during their long day strolls in Tokyo. The true highlight of the movie, for me at least, is their final nightclubbing scene sequence. Being dressed like crazy teenagers, our two friends swarm out to the Tokyo nightclubbing frenzy and become one with their Japanese friends. The latter give our friends a generous and sincere embrace.

The new Boris EP could easily be the soundtrack of Bill Murray’s and Scarlett Johansson’s nightclubbing in Tokyo.

This EP is the first token of collaboration of Boris with the icon singer from Cult, Ian Astbury. Baring in mind the vast Boris back catalogue and the diverse portfolio of their fruitful collaborations with other artists, this particular one may be seen as a full surprise. Indeed, one might even ask whether there is common ground between the band’s unique musical attitude and the vocal performance of one of the best rock singers, walking the face of the earth.

Hopefully for Boris and their diverse fan base, the answer to that question is affirmative. This time, Boris decide to wear their psychedelic, gloomy post-punk/shoe-gaze heavy rock costume to honor and welcome their guest from the west. Adjusting in full to the distinct nature of their guest, the band limits its quirky convictions in terms of song writing, so as to give the proper room for Astbury’s vocals to blossom. However, the songs are not completely stripped of the strange voices and the guitar sound effects that the band endorses through thick and thin.

Astbury’s vocals are an unexpected, yet wonderful surprise. Words and expressions are poor to describe his deeply emotional performance in “Teeth and Claws” and “Magickal Child”. In “We Are the Witches”, he brings to the table some of the stuff that made him a rock n’ roll icon with Cult. However, he is not the sole singer here, as guitarist Wata lends her ethereal vocals in the Cult cover song “Rain”, a mid-tempo musical mesmerism.

The band’s notion to limit its quirky nature is reflected on the sound production as well. The sound of the rhythm section is surprisingly clean, yet loud. As for the guitars, although their noisy effect is toned down a bit, they transmit the same familiar feeling, when compared to the band’s previous efforts. Astbury’s vocals production is perfect, adding a lot to the overall effect of this EP.

All in all, this EP stands as another interesting effort for Boris in their endeavor of exploring new aspects of their sound. Some things this band says are lost in translation, however a whole lot more are gained, as the journey never ends...



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010


7571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Teeth and Claws:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E50Gp1jiyGM&feature=related



We Are Witches:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFWPZI8v6tk&feature=related



Rain (Cult cover):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXd2mceJY7Q&feature=related



Magickal Child :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA4_GGEH7Nc&feature=related









Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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americanmusicmachine
September 21st 2010


3953 Comments


"...their final nightclubbing night scene sequence."

this is real awkward. maybe shuld be "...the final nightclubbing sequence." maybe idk?

"...nightclubbing night in Tokyo."

you can prob get rid of 'night'

"However, he’s is not the sole singer here..."

you can prob get rid of 'is'

good review and thanks to you i now know this exists so i'll prob hafta check it the fuck out.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010


7571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks for the feedback.



i will correct.

scissorlocked
September 21st 2010


3527 Comments


I didn't even know this existed!!! Kinda intriguing though,Astbury and Boris together!

Great review once again bro,keep it up

RippingCorpse
September 21st 2010


1087 Comments


holy shit new boris yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010


7571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was looking the new goods at my local record store, and suddenly i saw this.



The moment i saw it, i knew i gotta have it asap.



Unfortunately in Hellas, half or more of the Boris discography is tremendously hard to find.





BallsToTheWall
September 21st 2010


48083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is pretty cool, love vocals. Nice revie.w

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AngelofDeath
Emeritus
September 21st 2010


16202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, I'm checkin this asap.

instantradical
September 21st 2010


286 Comments


I was wondering when we'd get a new Boris release, I'll give this a spin soon.

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
February 18th 2011


16202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a cool collabo. Nice to come back to this after a while.

dPsychc
July 19th 2011


40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The other review certainly didn't do justice to this record. Every Boris record should be judged on it's own not by contrasting it by their back-catalogue.

Flugmorph
April 1st 2017


17255 Comments


"could easily be the soundtrack of Bill Murray’s and Scarlett Johansson’s nightclubbing in Tokyo in Lost in Translation movie."

fucking sold it to me right there

btw 6 year bump, yooooooo

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sixdegrees
April 1st 2017


24852 Comments


what is this

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Relinquished
April 1st 2017


36455 Comments


isn't it obvious

sixdegrees
April 1st 2017


24852 Comments


I gave up halfway through the first paragraph

Relinquished
April 1st 2017


36455 Comments


what a shame

Flugmorph
April 1st 2017


17255 Comments


ITS AN EPIC BUMP GUYS

Relinquished
April 1st 2017


36455 Comments


nah

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2017


14161 Comments


Shouldn't this be listed under Boris and Ian Astbury?

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rockandmetaljunkie
April 12th 2017


6890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it should



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