New Boris Yeltsin CD — ‘Distortion can be very pretty’

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, May 29, 2015
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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (from left): Will Knauer, Tom Hembree, Phil Dickey and Jonathan James. Photo credit: Calvin Todd

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (from left): Will Knauer, Tom Hembree, Phil Dickey and Jonathan James. Photo credit: Calvin Todd

Celebrating a decade of congenial indie pop recordings, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is releasing an album that strives to render the noisier sound typical of their live performances.

Over time, the CD’s have been catching up to the dynamics of the shows, and the June 2 release of “The High Country” will close the gap with generous helpings of guitar distortion, fuzz and clanging strumming. The CD release event is Saturday at the Outland Ballroom.

The effects are carefully crafted and strategically deployed, drummer Phil Dickey said.

“Distortion can be very pretty, if it’s a distorted harmony “There’s something satisfying in a distorted guitar with the right tone. Distortion can rub me the wrong way, too, like a headache.”

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