10 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dear marks Japanese trio Boris’ 25th year exploring the spectrum of heavy music, from pitch-black experimentalism to high-gloss shoegaze, balancing beauty and force in a way few bands can. Dear tends toward the tougher end of things, mixing sepulchral whispers and slow-moving clouds of distortion (“D.O.W.N.”) with Sabbath-style churn (“Absolutego”) airbrushed with heavenly, almost dissociated vocals. Most arresting is “Memento Mori,” which evolves from sludge to air in five seamless minutes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dear marks Japanese trio Boris’ 25th year exploring the spectrum of heavy music, from pitch-black experimentalism to high-gloss shoegaze, balancing beauty and force in a way few bands can. Dear tends toward the tougher end of things, mixing sepulchral whispers and slow-moving clouds of distortion (“D.O.W.N.”) with Sabbath-style churn (“Absolutego”) airbrushed with heavenly, almost dissociated vocals. Most arresting is “Memento Mori,” which evolves from sludge to air in five seamless minutes.

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