Boris – W
In 29 years of playing and 26 in this lineup, Japanese rock trio Boris have never stood still. Thus, they follow ‘NO’, 2021’s album of furious, and relatively lo-fi, crustpunk, with one of the most detailed, sonically advanced records they’ve ever made. ‘W’ ranges from spooky abstract-but-intimate songs through ‘Loveless’ era My Bloody Valentine wooze to the churning doom metal Boris are best known for. But at every turn each edge is razor sharp, each sound is hyper-present, everything is hyper-real. For a band this established to sound so vivid and new is quite some achievement.