Battles “Gloss Drop” (2011)

August 14, 2011

Don’t feel sorry for Battles. Vocals on Gloss Drop, the second LP by the American math rockers left by their frontman Tyondai Braxton, are provided by intriguing guests such as Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead or Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms. Besides, most tracks are instrumental. Two of them stand out: sinister Futura and tense Wall Street. Both fast and furious, they prove that Battles are full of ideas. The first single Ice Cream (featuring Matias Aguayo) loses a lot without its promotional video. It is better to listen to the Japanese artist’s vocal experiments on Sundome, the final track lasting for almost eight minutes but avoiding being too repetitive. Or Makino on the fantastically titled Sweetie & Shag as she perfectly fits to the inharmonious chorus. Shortly: dissonant but solid.

hydrameter: 3/5

Key Tracks: Futura, Sundome, Sweetie & Shag, Wall Street

Listen to Futura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQYFTSWNx_Q

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