Thursday, December 22, 2011

British dark electro-pop trio Nedry announce new album with 2 advance tracks

"Gently skittering electronics and slow-building, spacious ambience - Nedry's gorgeous, minimal soundscapes are tailor made for the wee hours." -- Q Magazine

"A futuristic sonic collage of dreamy glitch-folk, shimmering electronica and weapons-grade Dubstep percussion... Feels like a futuristic step forward from Radiohead's In Rainbows or Portishead's Third." Four stars -- Uncut

"When a band is as good, as versatile and as daring as Nedry, you hope the wider world will stand up and take notice." -- Huw Stephens - BBC Radio One 

London UK's dark electronic trio Nedry announce the spring 2012 release of their sophomore album In A Dim Light worldwide via Monotreme Records. In anticipation of this release, two album tracks, the eerily sinister "Float" and surrealistically soaring "Post Six" are available today to stream/download HERE

Drawing on the gothic undertones of David Lynch - and at points, absorbing T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’, vocalist Ayu Okakita revels in ruminations urging acceptance of the shadows; to permit the darkness to settle around her.

British bass music clings to few modern regulations. As grey areas become inviting, zones of conflict are transformed into fertile new ground. Nedry are dictating a path that recognizes no genre, no structures, no rules. Ripping progressive dance culture out of the bedroom producers’ smoke stained confines and planting it resolutely on the live stage, Matt Parker and Chris Amblin utilize MPC, laptops, guitars and synths to create a deep, thoughtful musical space.

Nedry are a trio who are dissolving the distance between this cutting edge and hungry audience. Splicing a band aesthetic with the ‘heads down and thumbs up’ bass craft of the UK, they gift the faceless revolution of dark music an inviting visage within which we can all dwell.

The dazzling fusion of electronica, instrumental rock, dubstep rhythms and hauntingly beautiful vocals of their 2010 debut album Condors saw them tipped for greatness by BBC Radio One, The Guardian, Uncut and Q Magazine. In the past two years, Nedry has performed at the Roskilde, Sonar and SXSW festivals, XFM and BBC sessions and tours with 65daysofstatic, Maps & Atlases and These New Puritans

Nedry started performing, producing and recording in summer 2008. In a short amount of time they've made waves on the UK electronic music scene, sharing stages with the likes of Pivot (Warp), Maps (MUTE), The Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder) and Daedelus (Ninja Tune). Nedry have steadily gathered critical acclaim since the self-released SZ EP and Condors album in 2010, and In A Dim Light sees the band poised for the bright lights. 

In A Dim Light will be available worldwide March 12, 2012 on Monotreme Records. Available on CD and digital formats and as a 180 gm vinyl edition of 500 on black (200 copies) or white (300 copies) vinyl with a free CD of the album and a free 12" x 24" poster.

Artist: Nedry
Album: In A Dim Light 
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: March 12, 2012

01. I Would Rather Explode
02. Post Six (MP3)
03. Violaceae
04. Havana Nights
05. Dusk Till Dawn
06. Float (MP3)
07. Land Leviathan
08. TMA
10. Home

Artist: Nedry
Album: Dusk Till Dawn 
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: March 14, 2011

01. Dusk Till Dawn (VIDEO)
02. Dusk TIll Dawn (CAPAC remix)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Big Sir (Lisa Papineau and Juan Alderete) premiere song from forthcoming new album at Consequence of Sound

 Big Sir -- the longtime collaboration between singer/composer Lisa Papineau and bassist/composer Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta) -- premiere the first track from their forthcoming new album today courtesy of Consequence of Sound. The shimmering pop song, "Ready On The Line" is available to download/stream HERE.  

Since its inception in the late 90s, Big Sir has explored a vast array of work centered on the fulcrum of electronic and analog beats, Alderete's fretless bass and Papineau's dynamic voice. Their forthcoming third official full length album Before Gardens After Gardens is the culmination of the duo's enduring musical partnership. Says Alderete, "I think the beauty of what we do lies in our commitment to each other as artists. We will always put out music together because we respect each other's artistic perspective so much. I run everything I have ever created by her."

At times danceable, others darkly haunting, the album is as visually evocative and it is musically compelling. "Something that Juan and I have shared since our last album is that we've found out that we have chronic life-threatening illnesses," Papineau explains. "Illnesses that make us face that our bodies are not permanent. More and more I started thinking, or really, was needing to think about how you don't fold up in terror having that constantly in the foreground." The fear and uncertainty that we all face in contemplation of death, and the varying ways we all make peace with it is the basis of the album's overall concept. "The hymn 'Amazing Grace' speaks to the death of pride," Papineau says, "the death of believing yourself to be omnipotent, and how joyful and sweet this humble giving-in can be. So, on our album, Death is a ship, and her name is The Calico." It's an album of dance and celebration in death's insistent embrace. 

Though created mostly in a back and forth between each other's laptops, Before Gardens After Gardens features special guest appearances by The Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala on drums, Broken Bells' bassist Jonathan Hischke, multi-instrumentalist Matthieu Lesenechal, violist Heather Lockie (Mike Watt, Listing Ship), Matthew Embree (who also collaborates with Papineau in the duo ME & LP), Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks and a host of others on backing vocals. Bonus tracks also include performances by Money Mark Ramos-Nishita and David Sims of Jesus Lizard.

The album opens with a slithering fretless bass line that climbs alongside a round of Papineau's voices swirling around one another on "Regions." The unabashed pop hooks of "Ready On the Line" follows with electro-pulse beats, chiming synth bell-like loops and Papineau's powerful siren song highlighting the album's melancholy joy. "The Kindest Hour" begins with Alderete's soft bass chords and Lockie's violent viola trills leading into a distant, shimmering organ and lightly brushed drums reminiscent of the neoclassical innovations of Talk Talk's legendary The Colour of Spring. The song builds as the instruments intertwine before breaking wide open into a driving rhythm section. A plaintive piano leads the somber "Born with a Tear" underscored by delicately pirouetting bass line and pattering drum beats as Papineau intones, "You say the words and all the words make the tongue go numb..." Throughout, it's an album of subtlety and masterfully arranged voices -- both human and otherwise merged into one enveloping whole.

Big Sir began with a self-titled debut album and a remix disc in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The next Big Sir album Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer was released in 2006. Alderete and Papineau first met in the band Pet. Throughout their relationship the two musicians have also continued their collaborations with other artists. Papineau has lent her vocals to a spectrum of projects such as the last two Air albums (10,000 Khertz, Talkie Walkie), M83's Before the Dawn Heals Us, and soundtracks for the films Watchmen and Super. She has released two solo albums, Night Moves and Red Trees, and recently co-wrote (with Jun Miyake) and sang on a song for Wim Wenders' Academy Award short-listed film Pina. Alderete has played in the Grammy award winning The Mars Volta since 2003 as well as playing bass with rap legend Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon and the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group. In 1999, he formed the project Vato Negro and released the album Bumpers on drum& bass label N2O. Alderete has also recently embarked on a subscription based website to help illustrate his approach to sound design with stomp boxes and various effects. 

Before Gardens After Gardens will be available everywhere on CD/Download on February 7th, 2012 via Rodriguez Lopez Productions/Sargent House

Artist: Big Sir 
Album: Before Gardens After Gardens 
Label: Rodriguez Lopez Productions/Sargent House
Release Date: February 7th, 2012

01 Regions
02 Ready On The Line (MP3)
03 Infidels 
04 Right Action 
05 The Ladder 
06 The Kindest Hour 
07 Old Blood 
08 Born With A Tear 
09 Be Brave Go On 
10 Our Pleasent Home
11 1 Thousand Petals 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Year-end roundup for your "Best of 2011" lists

It's that time of year again -- when everyone's making their lists of which artists have been naughty or nice. Submitted for your consideration, here's a rundown of releases we've handled at US/THEM group throughout 2011, sorted by record label in reverse chronological order by release date.

Please get in touch if you missed out on any of these, would like to arrange interviews or if we can be of any further assistance. All MP3s and videos are cleared for posting.

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SARGENT HOUSE 2011 releases:

Boris-New Album
Artist: Boris
Album: New Album
"Spoon" (MP3)
"Flare" (MP3)

The Japanese heavy legends' third full length this year, New Album etches a new post-noise, extreme pop niche with some of their most accessible and melodic music that's equally their most subversive. Limited edition LP and CD hit independent retailers for Record Store Day on November 25th, LP/CD/Download was available everywhere on December 6th. Most recent press release.

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Artist: And So I Watch You From Afar
Album: Gangs
"Search:Party:Animal" (MP3)

Belfast, Northern Ireland's celebrated instrumentalists' sophomore album has been widely praised as a triumph surpassing their Choice Music Prize and XFM Album of the Year nominated 2009 debut. Released in conjunction with Dublin based "sister label" Richter Collective. Most recent press release.

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Artist: Russian Circles
Album: Empros
"Mladek" (MP3)

Being widely hailed as their heaviest album to date, the Chicago trio injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft to their monolithic melodies. Empros is the sound of a band shaking the ages from its shoulders with all the brutal force of a behemoth awakened. Most recent press release.

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Artist: This Town Needs Guns
Album: Adventure, Stamina & Anger EP
"Adventure, Stamina & Anger" / "Mnspector Lorse" (STREAM)

The band's last recordings with singer Stuart Smith. The rest of the group is currently at work with new vocalist/guitarist Henry Tremain on a new album produced by Ed Rose (Appleseed Cast, Get Up Kids) to be released by Sargent House in 2012. Most recent press release.

Artist: Hella
Album: Tripper
"Headless" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Self Checkout" (MP3)
"Yubacore" (MP3)

The legendary experimentalist duo's fifth album is its first new release in over four years. The Onion AV Club raves, "a return to what Hella does best: breakneck instrumentals and raw, inhuman-sounding musicianship. A-." Most recent press release.

ME-LP cover
Artist: ME & LP
Album: Chez Raymond
"La Belle Tocade" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Bonnie Says" (MP3)

The collaborative project of celebrated musicians Matthew Embree and Lisa Papineau is a dramatically beautiful and captivating meeting of two extremely talented and versatile talents that merges into a recording that is both ethereal and cozy. Most recent press release.

Attention Please cover
Artist: Boris
Album: Attention Please
"Hope"  (MP3)

The first Boris album on which all vocals are sung by lead guitarist, Wata. Throughout, the album has a sultry, intoxicating catchiness. It's melodic without sounding pop. It's psychedelic without sounding dated. It's heavy without relying on barre chord riffs. Most recent press release.

Heavy Rocks 2011 cover
Artist: Boris
Album: Heavy Rocks
"Riot Sugar" (MP3)

Be it psychedelic metal, colossal drone, blistering punk or distortion-ravaged shoegaze, a Boris song is an exploration of sound as physical mass. The Japanese trio's classic 2002 album Heavy Rocks is a landmark of their mastery. So, it's fitting that the group's new album sharing the same title and very similar artwork to that disc, Heavy Rocks (2011) seeks to redefine "heavy" music in a culmination of the band's tireless efforts over the past two decades. Most recent press release.

Over The Sea cover
Artist: Therapies Son
Album: Over The Sea
"Touching Down" (MP3) (VIDEO)

Therapies Son quickly won fans in late 2010 when his humbly self-recorded demo of shimmering pop surfaced, catching the ears of some elite press and becoming something of an Internet sensation. Tapping into an innate gift for songwriting after the painful dissolution of a relationship, Alex Jacob crafted gorgeous, otherworldly songs which somehow managed to absorb a library's worth of the most glorious chapters in the Encyclopedia of Pop. Most recent press release.

Artist: Gypsyblood
Album: Cold In The Guestway
"Take Your Picture" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"My RKO is MIA" (MP3

Chicago's hazy, distortion-ravaged sons churn out seamless hooks with the brains of Pavement, the unassuming attitude of No Age and the blurred focus of Jesus and the Mary Chain for a debut so densely packed with potential singles it could be many other bands' greatest hits collection. Most recent press release.

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Artist: Adebisi Shank
Album: This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank
"International Dreambeat" (MP3) (VIDEO live)
"Masa" (VIDEO live)
"Genki Shank" (MP3) Ireland's multiple award-nominated breakout trio deftly merges the triumphant guitar harmonies of Fang Island with the mathematic precision of Battles, the genre-surfing playfulness of Daft Punk and churning intensity of HEALTH. Their live shows are a breathtaking combination of visceral intensity and instrumental prowess. Most recent press release.

TeraMelos coverZoo Weather cass cover
Artist: Tera Melos
Album: Zoo Weather EP + Patagonian Rats deluxe
"So Occult" (VIDEO)
"Kelly" (VIDEO)
"The Skin Surf" (VIDEO)
"Frozen Zoo" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Kelley" (VIDEO)
"Manar The Magic" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Frozen Zoo (Thawed Out Mix)" (VIDEO)

Sacramento genre-benders had a huge year, releasing the Zoo Weather EP and deluxe edition of the Patagonian Rats album, touring with Boris, Melt Banana, Mike Watt & The Missingmen and receiving praise from Henry Rollins, Wired, Exclaim! and more. Most recent press release.

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Artist: Zechs Marquise
Album: Getting Paid
"Getting Paid" (VIDEO)
"Static Lovers" (MP3)
"Everlasting Beacon of Light" (MP3)
"Mega Slap" (MP3)

The Mars Volta sibling band blasts back with an intensified swagger to their multifaceted psych-prog haze for their most aggressive and versatile effort to date. "Forget the Van Halens," writes MTV Tres, "if you want to know about a true musical dynasty, look no further than the Rodriguez-Lopez's! In between Omar, Marcel, and Marfred, these talented hermanos are changing the face of free-form jamming." Most recent press release.

Sin Sin Sin cover
Artist: Le Butcherettes
Album: Sin Sin Sin
"New York" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Henry Don't Got Love" (MP3)
"I'm Getting Sick Of You" (MP3)

The L.A.-by-way-of-Mexico City garage punk trio led by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender exploded onto the scene this year with this massive debut, earning praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Consequence of Sound and countless others. Their jaw-dropping live shows have earned tours with Iggy & The Stooges, The Flaming Lips and Deftones as well as major festivals like Lollapalooza and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Most recent press release.

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Artist: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Album: Telesterion
"Polaridad" (Tychozorente) (VIDEO)
"Asco Que Conmueve Los Puntos Erogenos" (Xenophanes) (VIDEO)
"Agua Dulce De Pulpo" (Un Escorpion Perfumado) (VIDEO)

The extensive anthology of solo recordings by the immensely prolific Grammy Award winning recording artist Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In) features 37 songs (38 on the vinyl version) showcasing the variety and breadth of explorative artistry spread across his 25 (and counting) solo albums harvested for this release. Most recent press release.

MONOTREME RECORDS 2011 releases:

Silesia cover
Artist: Jeniferever
Album: Silesia
"Waifs And Strays" (MP3)
"The Beat Of Our Own Blood" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Dover" (MP3)

Uppsala, Sweden's cult-beloved atmospheric rock group's third album is an album borne of tragic loss and motion. The album title was taken from the location at which singer/guitarist Kristofer Jönson first heard of his father's death while on tour in 2009. The album began to take shape thereafter, reflecting upon a multitude of ideas surrounding darkness and light, arrivals and departures and the constant flux of life. Most recent press release.

Artist: Fops
Album: For Centuries
"Cheater Carolina" (MP3) (VIDEO)

The Bay Area superduo featuring Thee More Shallows singer Dee Kesler and Ral Partha Vogalbacher lyricist Chadwick Donald Bidwell issued a 7-song, 43-minute mini-album extending the reach of the band's unique hybrid of krautrock and early-80s synthpop (including a thinly-veiled nod to Duran Duran's "Girls On Film"). Most recent press release.

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Artist: M+A
Album: Things.yes
"Yes.pop" (MP3)
"Liko Lene Lisa" (MP3)
"Bam" (VIDEO)

The Italian duo's delicate and beautiful electro-acoustic pop evokes disparate comparisons to Phoenix, Postal Service, Panda Bear, Tuung, et al. Their expert balance of intimate vocals and catchy melodies with wiry glitch, thumping drums and soft acoustic instruments like glockenspiel gives their music an infectious quality. Most recent press release

Polinski cover art
Artist: Polinski
Album: Labyrinths
"Stitches" (VIDEO) (MP3)
"Tangents" (MP3)

Paul Wolinski of British electronic-infused post-rock heroes 65daysofstatic makes his solo debut under the nom-de-tune of Polinski. Throughout the album, sci-fi soundtrack moods and Daft Punk styled beat-laced anthems collide with John Carpenter-esque synths, Philip Glass style piano motifs pair up with punching rhythms, gliding melodies soar with the retro-futuristic furor of Bowie-Eno collaborations. Most recent press release

65days cover
Artist: 65daysofstatic
Album: We Were Exploding Anyway + Heavy Sky (deluxe edition)
"Crash Tactics" (MP3)
"Come To Me (feat. Robert Smith of The Cure)" (MP3)
"PX3" (MP3)

The exclusive North American deluxe edition release of British electronic-infused post-rock band 65daysofstatic features the group's most recent full length as well as the new Heavy Sky EP. The track "Come To Me" features guest vocals by fan, tour mate and legend Robert Smith of The Cure. Most recent press release.


Nocturnes cover
Artist: The Nocturnes
Album: Aokigahara
Label: Errant Child Records
"Love" (MP3)
"The Road" (MP3) (VIDEO)

Led by Red Sparowes guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle, this L.A. quartet plays a compellingly lush haze of melody that blends hints of folk, shoegaze, chamber pop, goth and post-rock all in one. Engulfing, dark and endlessly beautiful melodies wrapped up in multi-part vocal harmonies. Most recent press release

Muerta cover
Artist: The Boxing Lesson
Album: Muerta
Label: New Fortune Records
"Muerta" (VIDEO)

The popular Austin, TX psychedelic space rock band returns with an extensive mini-album of  lush electric guitar soundscapes and shimmering keyboards earning comparisons to everything from Pink Floyd to Ponytail to M83 to Jesus and the Mary Chain. Most recent press release.
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Artist: Noxious Foxes
Album: Légs
Label: Broth IRA
"Doth Shalt Noth" (MP3)
"Heavenly Spectacular" (MP3)

The Brooklyn, NY frenetic power-duo incorporate thick walls of looping guitar effects and intricate drum beats, peppered with synths and electric piano for a manic ride of enveloping chaos. Most recent press release

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Artist: Johnny O'Donnell and Sacramento
Album:  Masquerade / Korean Debutante
Label: White Noise
"The Gothic Singer" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Loose Cannons" (VIDEO)

The wildly inventive noir-pop group led by songwriter Johnny O'Donnell crafts tunes that shift and morph as if we're getting a peek into the mind of Smile-era Brian Wilson. O'Donnell is the former guitarist in avant rock band Holy Ghost Revival, who upon settling in Los Angeles was mentored by composer/producer Van Dyke Parks. Most recent press release.
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Artist: Empty Space Orchestra
Album: S/T
Label: Empty Space Unlimited
"New Breed of Skank" (VIDEO)
"Exit Strategy" (MP3) (VIDEO)
"Intergalactic Battle Cruiser" (MP3)
"El Viento" (MP3) (VIDEO

This Bend,OR based quintet's debut earned considerable praise for their masterful musicianship that merges elements of King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Dub Trio, Deftones, space rock, jazz and more into an intense and energetic sound of their own. Most recent press release

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Artist: Zorch
Album: Demo
Label: Zorch Records
"Zut Alore" (VIDEO)

The Austin, TX hyper-kinetic keyboard/drum duo are traditionally schooled musicians creating intense, frenetic music imbued with a sense of fun. Their exceptionally precise and inventive songs often invite comparisons to Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon, HEALTH, Adebisi Shank and Battles as well as more psychedelic/pop acts like Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and F*ck Buttons. Most recent press release.

Plans in Progress 
Artist: Robotanists
Album: Plans In Progress
Label: Overhead Records
"ON/OFF The Ledge" (MP3) (VIDEO)

Los Angeles' glamorous indie-pop group released its sophomore Danny Kalb (Beck, Karen O, Feist) produced album in early spring. It gained much critical attention, radio play and saw the band packing in crowds for their emotionally-intense shows. Frequent comparisons to Florence + The Machine, Mazzy Star and The Xx only begin to hint at their burgeoning talent. Most recent press release.

King of Limbs cover
Artist: Robotanists
Album: Does The King of Limbs in 24 Hours
Label: Overhead Records

While most Radiohead fans were still soaking in the band's new album, Robotanists reinterpreted, recorded and released their own version of The King of Limbs in its entirety, just 24 hours after its release. Many writers commented that Robotanists' version was superior to the original. Most recent press release.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Boris' New Album available everywhere today, full disc streaming on and

"More complex than you'll notice on a first or even second listen, 'Spoon' goes places your standard pop doesn't. It's an intriguing look at a band trying their hand at a second genre-- and succeeding." Best New Track -- Pitchfork

"A strong, striking new direction for Boris." -- The Onion AV Club 

"New Album is a beaming ode to optimism and joy - an awesomely wild detour from the band who nicked their name (and sound) from a Melvins song."-- SPIN 

Legendary Japanese trio Boris today release their third full length this year. New Album is available worldwide (excluding Japan) today, December 6th on LP, CD and Download via Sargent House. The album is streaming in full courtesy of ( HERE) and AOL Spinner (HERE). 

Rolling Stone recently premiered the MP3 for New Album track "Flare", which is available to stream/download HERE. Additionally, Pitchfork previously posted "Spoon", the first single from New Album, giving it their coveted Best New Track rating. It is available to download HERE

The band has also announced the first few dates of an Australian headlining tour in March 2012. Please see current dates below.  

Boris has long been celebrated for their rare ability to reinterpret a multitude of esoteric musical genres into a sound uniquely their own. New Album finds the intrepid Japanese trio etching their own post-noise, extreme pop niche with some of their most accessible and melodic music being equally their most subversive. Where their two previous albums, Attention Please and the all new Heavy Rocks -- both released by Sargent House on the same day, May 24th, 2011 -- offered divergent expansions to their sonic palette, New Album is the culmination of the band's ongoing experimentation that catapults its ferocious sound headlong into new territory. 

Much of the inspiration behind New Album derives from a confluence of ideas regarding the very basic notion of music as art in the modern age. The band was inspired by a current Japanese pop music trend in which a singing synthesis software program called Vocaloid, which enables users to create songs simply by typing in lyrics and a basic melody to be sung by an imaginary anime character vocalist. It has resulted in many chart topping hits created by people with little musical ability (vaguely similar to the success of Autotuned instant stardom in the US). On the other end of the spectrum, New Album also flips the script on the long established notion of the band as an experimental noise act -- based upon their prior albums as well as collaborations with sonic deconstructionist Merzbow and doom-drone duo Sunn 0))). It proves their enviable skill at penning catchy melodies that many of their extreme noise fans would consider reviling "noise" from their perspective. It's a dual jab addressing the rapidly changing landscape of music that situates Boris once again as innovators in their constant challenging of archetypes. And, it showcases the band's ability to embody the essence of myriad musical styles in Boris' own monolithic form.

The 10-track New Album features a handful of revamped versions of songs from both Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011), along with a few new tracks, hyper-charged and rearranged with the assistance of radical Japanese producer Shinobu Narita resulting in a sound that could best be described as extreme pop. It shares both the hummable heft of Nirvana's Nevermind and the entrancing, droning haze of My Bloody Valentine's classic Loveless, run through two previous decades' worth of electronic exploration and the merging of underground noise with sugary mainstream gloss. Boris usually self-produce their recordings, so working with a popular producer is quite an exception. The disc was first issued as a Japan-only release in March 2011, but this rearranged and remastered worldwide edition features a reorganized track listing and four songs not available on either Attention Please or Heavy Rocks.

Album opener "Flare" kicks off with a repeated whine of an emergency siren before hurtling into a speedy punk refrain led by bassist/vocalist Takeshi reminiscent of Sonic Youth's most radio-ready work, while elements of glitch and dubstep pepper the proceedings. "Hope" bursts forth with jangling detuned guitars and churning distorted bass as guitarist/vocalist Wata coos along with a soaring string section and chirping electronics. "Party Boy" could just as soon be a lost Bjork track, with drummer/vocalist Atsuo's bouncing dance beats and Wata's cryptic lyrics detailing an alien encounter at a hazy late night dance party. The chugging metallic riff of Heavy Rocks song "Jackson Head" is transformed here into a slithering synth line and chopping rhythms befitting a violent grime tune. "Looprider" closes the album with a throbbing dream pop melody and gliding chorus that gently drones out throughout the 7-minute songs duration before fading into a delicate piano line that dissolves into the ether.

Boris formed in the early '90s as a four piece just-for-fun endeavor with the sonic template of influences like Melvins and Earth. By the time of its 1996 debut as a trio Absolutego (later released in the US via Southern Lord in 2000), Boris had already hit its stride in creating unique ground-rattling heavy, melodic music. The group, bassist/vocalist Takeshi, guitarist/vocalist Wata and drummer/vocalist Atsuo went on to release nearly 20 studio albums, as well as numerous collaborative albums -- including projects with Merzbow, Sunn0))), Ian Astbury and Michio Kurihara of Ghost (who also currently tours with the band as second guitarist and frequently guests on albums) -- EPs and singles on various labels throughout the world.

These eternal masters of the aesthetic 180-degree shift, Boris prove once again with New Album just how deftly the band can tackle seemingly disparate musical elements and forge new sounds that may seem inconceivable to other artists. New Album is available on LP/CD/Download on December 6th via Sargent House.

03/22  Sydney @ The Metro
03/23  Brisbane @ The Hi-Fi
03/24  Melbourne @ The Corner Hotel

Artist: Boris
Album: New Album 
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: December 6th, 2011

01. Flare (MP3)
02. Hope
03. Party Boy
04. Luna
05. Spoon (MP3) 
06. Pardon?
07. Jackson Head
08. Les Paul Custom '86
09. Tu, La La
10. Looprider   

Artist: Boris
Album: Attention Please
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 24th, 2011

01. Attention Please
02. Hope   (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. Party Boy
04. See You Next Week 
05. Tokyo Wonder Land 
06. You
07. Aileron
08. Les Paul Custom '86 
09. Spoon 
10. Hand in Hand 

Artist: Boris
Album: Heavy Rocks  
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 24th, 2011

01. Riot Sugar (MP3) (VIDEO)
02. Leak -Truth, yesnoyesnoyes-
04. Jackson Head 
05. Missing Pieces
06. Key
07. Window Shopping
08. Tu, la la
09. Aileron
10. Czechoslovakia
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