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You can see what you want to see when you stare in to the world of The Myrrors, and to some degree, you can also hear what you want to hear on their expansive, extraordinary new album, “Borderlands” – an album that nominally references the collective boundaries we draw, all the while offering a soundtrack for setting forth strategies that either ignore or erase our self-made barriers.

If you see The Myrrors as the dust-caked disciples of a specific strain of desert-drone mysticism, there’s little on “Borderlands”, their fourth full-length Myrrors album released in as many years, to dissuade you from that vision. Instead, there’s only confirmation—an intoxicating combination of outlook and output that clarifies and crystallizes the band’s many sonic strengths throughout the album’s fantastically unfolding forty-plus minutes.

Often ominous in its ambience, “Borderlands” begins with an appropriately Albert Ayler-ish blast of “Awakening,” which serves as a short, slumber-shattering introduction to “The Blood That Runs the Border.” Here, The Myrrors sound somewhat haunted and heartbroken, while nevertheless driven and determined. It’s a crestfallen crusade of sanguinary sound that spreads across the album as a whole, an impression powered in no small part by the echoes of dervishes danced by Sufi mystics in centuries-old efforts to open other borders, as it were. This dynamic dance of conflicting emotions finds its contours on tracks like the meditative “Biznagas” and the propulsive “Formaciones Rojas”, which, for all of their otherworldly-ness, wouldn’t be tremendously out of place if described as an outtake from Dylan’s “Desire,” recalling the genius contributions of one Scarlet Rivera.

However, for sheer atomic mass, the beating heart of “Borderlands” must be the album’s final, twenty-one minute excursion to the center of the territory that The Myrrors seek to map—namely, “Note From the Underground,” a Dostoyevsky-referencing drone that wordlessly reflects on that book’s less-than-optimistic tone:

“In any case, civilization has made mankind if not more blood-thirsty, at least more vilely, more loathsomely blood-thirsty … now, we do think bloodshed abominable and yet, we engage in this abomination, with more energy than ever. Which is worse? Decide that for yourselves.”

Decide for yourself what you want to see in The Myrrors.

-Ryan Muldoon (@RevoltoftheApes)

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released August 17, 2018

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Track Name: The Blood That Runs The Border
the blood that runs the border

remember the procession
that called you to this state
the path of impositions
repaved by tricks of fate
cut by destitution
your father's final son
you've lost yourself in motions
the desperate need to run

how long can you weather
the white within the rain
the seasons left unsheltered
the loss of your own name
the blood that runs the border
now starts to overflow
with sacrificial dreams
you can't control

your brothers paved this desert
with bones and broken lives
expelled by the institutions
that gild the butcher's knives
their words may fall to pieces
but look at where they've led
strewn this land of plenty with our dead

they've taken all your secrets
confessed in courts of shame
and soiled all the tenets
you never thought would stain
so tell me do you see it
this history of fear
they've fooled us into thinking that
it couldn't happen here
Track Name: Biznagas
Biznagas

back through the ages we have seen it said
that it must be recognized
the plight of our brothers and our sisters when
we can all make their spirits rise
so tell me where you stand when they come for you
when there's no one else left to fight
I've seen the war when the blood ran thick
and the ashes painted the sky

running out of time living in the light
I could barely make it out alive
torn by the thorns and the summer sun
sought by shadows in the coming night
wild like a wolf they descend unseen
in their minds they have all the right
to destroy what they thought they might recieve
by opening their bloodshot eyes

out of every nation and into the world
I was thrown before I was born
cut from the chains that held me back
from accepting all I might learn
but still I see no answers where the answers should lie
I can't recognize the signs
the mind might find some meaning here but
the body still must die

torn and partitioned by a long decree
you've become somebody apart
out of a word and into the fire
that ignites the hate in your heart
thousands of faces peering through the glass
withered envy read in their smiles
flesh colored corpses feeding on the sounds
of the children across the wire

how many times have I heard it said
that my sorrow is sacred and pure
and all this misery will help
me cross that holy door
but too many years of meaningless fear
has turned these things to ash
and all they do is bury me
in an unrepentant past

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