Asobi Seksu / Boris
Split


3.5
great

Review

by ZombicidalMan USER (17 Reviews)
April 10th, 2014 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kawaii as fuck

Although I have no idea how this split came to be, I do know that Yuki Chikudate of Asobi Seksu is a big fan of Boris. And so am I. For this album, which contains just two short tracks, each band decided to cover one song from each other. Both bands bring their own unique flavour, and the songs end up sounding like originals rather than covers. The two songs come from the bands most critically acclaimed and successful albums. It would have been interesting to see other material covered from a past Boris album, but with a crossover as cool as this, who can complain.

The EP opens with Asobi Seksu’s contribution, a cover of Boris’ epic “Farewell”, from the album Pink. “Farewell” is one of Boris’ most shoegaze-y songs, with delayed guitar and ethereal vocals taking the lead, so it’s no surprise dreampop band Asobi Seksu would choose to cover it. The track largely consists of oozy synth chords played over a simply beat, with guitarist James Hanna contributing some effect heavy guitar in the background. The best aspect of Asobi Seksu’s cover is Yuki’s lowered vocals. Usually, she sticks to faint, reverbed vocals, but here Yuki sings more clearly and powerfully. It’s a pleasing change to Asobi Seksu’s style. And, the song itself is a fun interpretation of “Farewell” taking it from a droning shoegaze masterpiece to a fairly gleeful pop song. I could’ve done with some more input from James on guitar, but the track is fun anyways.

Meanwhile, Boris decided to take a shot at “New Years” from Asobi Seksu’s 2006 album, Citrus. Here, it appears as “Neu Years”, though I’ve no idea why. Just a Boris thing I imagine. In contrast to the Asobi Seksu track, this version of Boris is one we really haven’t heard before. Wata comes in on slightly distorted guitar, but also adds her own brand of vocals to the mix. It sounds slightly strained at times, since Wata usually sings at a lower register than Yuki. Still, it sounds good and definitely fits the song. Atsuo, as usual, adds his drum work to the mix, playing a simple pattern under the song that gives it a punk aesthetic. Heavy synth work shows up here, giving another layer to the song and helping transition it from verse to verse. Certainly, this is more of a stretch for Boris. Although all the elements of the song have appeared on past albums (especially 2011’s Attention Please), it’s a very new sound for Boris. They pull it off pretty well, but it sounds like Asobi Seksu had an easier time covering “Farewell”.

This is a fun and extremely short split from two great bands. More material would’ve been welcome, since the little that does appear is so well done you’re left wanting more. I would’ve loved to see Asobi Seksu’s take on the epic Feedbacker, or perhaps even Boris covering one of the softer songs from Hush. It remains a great idea that could’ve been fleshed out a bit more – easily worth a download however. And that album cover is pretty damn cute.



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ZombicidalMan
April 10th 2014


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yet another review from your friendly neighbourhood zombie killer

this split is ridiculously fun. I almost 5'd it

oodlesofnoodles
April 10th 2014


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review maaang, its like i can hear it before i've listened to it
will check out



pos'd

ZombicidalMan
April 10th 2014


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks! if you like boris or asobi seksu it's totally worth it

Rhyme
April 10th 2014


1154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

didnt expect a review the next day lol

summary is so so true tho pos'd

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Greyvy
April 10th 2014


4959 Comments


we almost have enough people for an asobi seksu fan club

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ZombicidalMan
April 10th 2014


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We need Ire to join us, then it'll be official

KILL
April 10th 2014


72090 Comments


faggot album art

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Greyvy
April 10th 2014


4959 Comments


hey buddy hows it goin

KILL
April 10th 2014


72090 Comments


hello i'm great thanks how are you today

Greyvy
April 10th 2014


4959 Comments


im fine thanks for asking, I'm just relaxing listening to bel canto, they're awesome have you heard?

KILL
April 10th 2014


72090 Comments


no are they some spic band? i may enjoy them as i have been listening to soda stereo thanks for asking me if i have heard

Greyvy
April 10th 2014


4959 Comments


no, if they were i wouldn't be listening lol, they are a Norwegian art pop/ethereal wave band. check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofwxBYFvdGg

KILL
April 10th 2014


72090 Comments


hey thats cool i like the vocals it doesnt suck dicks i will get it hey have you heard mad love ep by lush its rly good only 4 songs too you might like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Greyvy
April 10th 2014


4959 Comments


i have not heard it but i did see that you reviewed it and thanks for recommending it to me i will definitely check it out!

FadedSun
April 10th 2014


1304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they toured together, that's why this split exists. Also helps that the singer of Asobi Seksu is Japanese and a huge fan of Boris. She wore their t-shirt when I saw them open for Boris.

ZombicidalMan
April 11th 2014


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who isn't a fan of Boris though

laughingman22
April 11th 2014


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos

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ZombicidalMan
April 11th 2014


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much appreciated

oodlesofnoodles
April 11th 2014


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just checked this out last night, sounds pretty rad! Wish it was longer, hah

FadedSun
April 11th 2014


1304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After this I definitely wanted a full fledged collaboration between the two bands.



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