Japanese experimentalists Boris complete their 'The Thing Which Soloman Overlooked' series with this limited edition transparent yellow vinyl. Weird jazz-fuelled psychedelia set against a sinister drone, this is limited to 400 copies and comes with a slipcase to house the other records from the series in.
Vinyl LP £22.99 TAIGA 28
Ltd transparent yellow coloured vinyl LP + 'Chronicles' slipcase on TAIGA records. Edition of 400 copies.
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On this latest release, prolific Japanese noise-rockers have disguised a perfectly decent new album as some kind of retrospective expansion pack to some very hard-to-find releases from almost a decade ago, 'The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked' series. It comes with a beautiful box to put all four LPs in, but if you want the other three they'll set you back a ton on Discogs.
As for the album, it's really good, and completely different from the other instalments to this series, which were largely drone-based and devoid of any drums or vocals. In contrast, while 'The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked Extra' isn't a stranger to drones, it's got a couple of the band's most bombastic stadium-ready rock anthems in 'Grave New World' (don't worry, it's not a cover of Discharge's regrettable glam-metal/crust crossover although the speedy riffing and title do hint they've been listening to it) and the coruscating noise-meets-pop hooks of 'Kemono Peak' - moments more overblown and accessible than the majority of the material on their much less peripheral-looking records.
Not only that but they move through all their myriad signature styles over the course of this relatively compact LP like a chameleon walking across a rainbow flag, from weird experimental psychedelia and dark jazzy jamming to overpowering walls of guitar crunch to surprisingly lighthearted moments of playful pop intuition, which makes this LP not only a worthy purchase for the long-term fan but a pretty decent starting point for anyone bewildered about where to start on their intimidating catalogue. It's a shame it won't look complete unless you buy three rare drone records to tag onto it, but I wouldn't be complaining about that if the record wasn't genuinely excellent. If you're a fan of this trio then you shouldn't let this be the Boris record you overlooked (extra).
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