8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 12 December 2012
It’s the split LP you’ve all been waiting for! This one’s got Jap drone-metal kings (and queen) Boris on one side and a solo effort from Crippled Black Phoenix man Joe Volk on the other! The painting (by xhxix, apparently...I think that’s straight-edge for “hi”) on the front cover’s very pretty too.
I’m starting with Boris because they’re the band you’re most interested in (no offence Joe). They start out with a track of drones which makes me worry that I might unwittingly have it at the wrong speed, but then they kick into Cosmos and it’s got vocals to reassure me that the record does indeed play at 33. It’s a heavily produced slice of Torche-esque pop metal with weirdly processed vocals and big epic riffs. Quite cheesy actually, there’s a touch of latter-period Faith No More about it even, but the execution is slick and classy as usual. Then they round their side off with a tasty slice of dreamy celestial ambience with a bit of twinkly piano which slowly gets overtaken by a big rumbly drone.
On the other side Volk is playing a song with vocals, ‘Call To Sun’, which is mega-tasteful singer-songwriter stuff with hushed vocals, carefully picked guitar and some buddies helping him out with cello, drums and backing vocals. It’s a dusky, wistful number that brings to mind Elliott Smith, Nick Drake and other whisper ’n’ twinkle types like them. Then he dispenses of his friends for ‘Finland’, a droney instrumental in which he plays guitar, melodica and drone, evoking the freezing forests of the eponymous country.
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