Baroness are back. The Philadelphia-based group have released “Borderlines,” the first glimpse of their new album, Gold & Grey. It’s also their first track with guitarist Gina Gleason, who came onboard in 2017.
“Borderlines” might be less straightforward and riff-heavy than some fans might like. But its psychedelic flourishes, off-kilter rhythms and shoegaze-y guitar in the coda all point to the band’s attempts to break new sonic ground.
“Our goal is, was and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound,” frontman John Dyer Baizley said in an Instagram post. “I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date.”
In a separate post displaying the full cover painting of Gold & Grey, the band noted that this album will be the last of their color-themed records, a series which began with 2007’s Red Album. The new record is out June 14.
Watch the video for “Borderlines” here:
And take in the breathtaking cover painting for Gold & Grey here:
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Here is the full cover painting for our new album, Gold & Grey. This is just the first piece of a much larger puzzle. Like the forthcoming album itself, it is the result of an intense, tireless, and psychotically convoluted creative process. Both artistically and musically, Baroness have always taken a no compromise approach towards our releases, and I can’t express strongly enough how excited we are to be so close to the verge of our newest release. This painting was born from a deeply personal reflection on the past 12 years of this band’s history, and will stand as the 6th and final piece in our chromatically-themed records. It has been an absolutely wild ride, a truth much stranger than fiction, with nearly as many low points as there have been highs, but throughout all, this band has offered me an inspired place to express myself and find some level of comfort through our visual and sonic output. I hope you all enjoy this album cover (sorry it’s not called Orange). Don’t look too closely, you might just see all the hidden elements. We want to thank everyone for your heartfelt support over the years, it means the world to us. We also appreciate your continued patience. Gold & Grey will be out soon, and then the real fun begins. I assure you, we have no plans to slow down anytime soon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ’Til the wheels fall off – – – Roy G. Biv