The soundtrack to an imaginary film, this 2005 Boris release occupies an unusual place in their discography; far more delicate and contemplative than their trademark head-first attack, the pieces on "Mabuta No Ura" are shorter, atmospheric sketches which lull the listener away with their understated psychedelic stylings.
Each track is framed around a fictitious scene and sequenced accordingly - from the etheral opener "Theme" through to the plaintive, achingly beautiful "White Warmth", which rises and falls amid a wash of cymbals. Ranging from spaced-out acid rock ("A Bao A Qu") to come-down drone ("Yesterday Morning") to the percussion driven raga ("Amber Bazaar") the album runs the full range of emotions.
Also released as a limited vinyl edition of 500 on the Inoxia label, the CD comes beautifully packaged with the pieces detailed as eleven short stories. "Mabuta No Ura" is an essential piece in the Boris story, showcasing the artistry and gentler side of this consistently challenging band.