Boris have shared a two-track Christmas single entitled ‘ Noël ’, released via Sacred Bones and available exclusively through Bandcamp. The release includes a striking rework of Boris track “ Pardon? ” by Lauren Auder and Dviance, as well as Boris‘ take on the Wham! festive classic, “ Last Christmas ”.
Boris’ ‘New Album’ celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and ‘Noël’ sees the delicate crescendo of “ Pardon? given an ethereal, airy rework by London-based singer-songwriter Lauren Auder and French producer Dviance. Auder’s haunting vocals tie with crisp beats and layered strings to create a rich and elegant take on the original track. ”
Speaking on the rework, the band comment:
“When Lauren Auder replied to our post and told us ‘I love this album very much,’ we were very excited. We really like Lauren’s voice, atmosphere, music and video work. We replied back that we would like to work together someday soon. ‘New Album’ is an album that has received various criticisms before, however, like Lauren, we also happen to love this album very much. Now, ten years later, we have asked Lauren to sing a new interpretation from it.”
“I’ve been a long-time fan of Boris’s work and ‘New Album’ has been particularly influential on my musical style. When this came up, Atsuo from the band proposed I take a shot at making a new version of the track. I was at the time working on my debut full length with my long-time co-writer Dviance and knowing how much he has also been inspired by Boris’s work it only made sense for us to work on this one together. I’m extremely excited for this to have come together and hoping to continue this collaboration in the future.”
The second track on the single sees Boris wrap the Wham! festive hit
“ Last Christmas in swathes of dense sound, making for a powerfully celestial cover. ”
The band explain:
“This is a Christmas present for everyone who lives with the various restrictions stemming from COVID-19. Here in Japan, it is customary to give gifts at Christmas. We hope this Christmas will be the ‘Last Christmas’ of COVID-19.”
Both tracks are available exclusively through Bandcamp today here:
The single follows the recent news that Boris have signed to Sacred Bones and will be releasing their new album
‘W’ on January 21st.
More about Lauren Auder:
Lauren Auder is a 23 year old London based singer/songwriter. Over three EPs she has crafted her distinctive style of baroque pop pulling from anything between 70s orchestral stylings to art rock through modern ambient and noise. She is currently working on her debut album to be released next year. More about Dviance: Dviance is a 24 year old french producer and composer bringing together elements of metal, witch house and minimalist classical music. He has co-written with long time collaborator Lauren Auder on all 3 of her EPs and released his debut full length “Fables” earlier this year. More about Boris: Boris formed in 1992 and eventually arrived at the band’s current lineup of Takeshi, Wata, and Atsuo into 1996. In the 29 years since, Boris has tirelessly explored their own rendition of what is heavy through methods entirely their own. Though the depths of their “heaviness” may intensify, their unique musicianship defies classification in any one genre or style, so let’s just call it real “heavy music” in extreme color. Their music has been called a “game changer” regarding the leading edge of the world’s rock scene, and that influence is limitless. They enter realms that cannot be described simply in terms of the “explosive sound” or “thunderous roars” that have become their trademark.