Boris with Merzbow to Release Gensho in Feb.

Anyone who tells you they know what a Boris release is going to sound like before they’ve actually heard the thing is a liar, and as such, I’m not even gonna guess what the reignited Boris with Merzbow collaboration might be up to on Gensho, the two-disc full-length it will offer up via Relapse Records in Feb. 2016. With over 150 minutes of music — or, you know, something; these definitions get pretty fluid — spread across the two discs meant to be played at the same time, it seems fair to say it’s going to be an experience one way or another, but probably best to leave it at that for the time being.

The last Boris with Merzbow release was 2011’s Klatter, which was recorded in 2004. If you want to feel old, it’s been a decade since they released Sun Baked Snow Cave on Hydra Head.

To the PR wire:

boris with merzbow


Renowned Japanese innovative team BORIS WITH MERZBOW has completed recording a new collaborative full-length LP entitled Gensho, which is Japanese for “phenomenon”. Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two discs. The BORIS tracks are new reinventions of the band’s classic songs, while the MERZBOW songs are new compositions. BORIS and MERZBOW have each contributed exactly the same amount of music, with the two discs intended to be played at the same time on physical speakers at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own “gensho/phenomenon” every time. The artists also commented, “Of course you can enjoy both albums separately, as a separate work.” Gensho is slated for a February 2016 release via Relapse Records.

Though the artists have an extensive history of collaborating with one another, this latest effort was born out of a one-off show in 2014 for Boiler Room TV, when the two acts decided that their set from that day was worthy enough to perform in the context of a proper studio recording. As with every BORIS and MERZBOW release, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. Each artist’s individual contribution to Gensho weaves through countless disparate textures with a varied sonic palette, to say nothing of the effect when both records are played simultaneously. The unique presentation of the album lends it near-infinite potential for aural discovery, and encourages direct interactivity with the listener rarely found in such unconventional music.

BORIS WITH MERZBOW have also announced an exclusive one-off show in Tokyo in support of Gensho this November. More details about Gensho including album art, tracklisting and song samples will be revealed shortly.

Nov 27 Tokyo, JP Fever

Takeshi (Vocals, Guitar & Bass)
Wata (Vocals, Guitar & Echo)
Atsuo (Vocal, Percussion & Electronics)

Masami Akita – electronics

Boris with Merzbow, Live at the Boiler Room, Tokyo, 2014

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