Let's anticipate the monument of 2007, Battles "Mirrored"

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It might not be out for a couple of months but since the whole thing is finished (for what I understand) it should probably leak soon and this is where we will revel in it.

The EP's collection blew me away completely and it's interesting that there's to be singing on the album, and I wonder if that means there will be lyrics as well.

strom (strom), Sunday, 4 February 2007 21:08 (twelve years ago) link

I haven't like any of their recorded material particularly though the two times I've seen them live they have blown me away.

jimn (jimnaseum), Sunday, 4 February 2007 21:13 (twelve years ago) link

I'm definitely up for a large slice of this. Those EPs were great.

NickB (NickB), Sunday, 4 February 2007 21:28 (twelve years ago) link

One of those releases where I look forward to the art design as well.

Jordan Lypkie (loopy de loop), Sunday, 4 February 2007 23:17 (twelve years ago) link

On record they are good, live they absolutely shocked me at how kinetic and almost childishly exciting they managed to make looped-up instrumental rock. Very interested to hear what they produce for the first proper album--- there's going to be singing??? When's the release date?

gekoppel (Gekoppel), Monday, 5 February 2007 02:07 (twelve years ago) link

they did an amazing new fucked up song at the astoria supporting animal collective. did anyone else see it? IT was almost neubauten math rock

FACEBRACE (FACEBRACE), Monday, 5 February 2007 14:27 (twelve years ago) link

"Neubauten math rock"... I can't wait!

I don't get how you can be blown away live and then not like them on record, as I have never seen them live, what's THAT much better about them?

strom (strom), Saturday, 10 February 2007 22:38 (twelve years ago) link

my practice space is next to theirs and they drive me bonkers

cutty (mcutt), Sunday, 11 February 2007 00:11 (twelve years ago) link

the thing that makes their live show is the cymbal that's at least three feet above the rest of the kit.

friday on the porch (lfam), Sunday, 11 February 2007 00:36 (twelve years ago) link

Is there any actual reason as to why that is so? Maybe to give the (absolute beast of a ) drummer some kind of challenge?

gekopel, Thursday, 22 February 2007 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

it gives the guitarist something to hold on to when he's standing on top of the kick drum

srsly

lfam, Thursday, 22 February 2007 19:04 (twelve years ago) link

i loved them live and most of the songs on their EPs were solid so i'm pretty excited for this. and yes, their album art is pretty great, too.

lfam, Thursday, 22 February 2007 19:05 (twelve years ago) link

http://i15.tinypic.com/2gwudtl.jpg

StanM, Sunday, 4 March 2007 16:53 (twelve years ago) link

a bit late for st. david's day, stan.

(tell more!)

unfished business, Sunday, 4 March 2007 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

is this one of those silly slsk-only leaks?

toby, Sunday, 4 March 2007 17:15 (twelve years ago) link

Been watching the Atlas video lately and not quite deciding whether it's pretty neat or if those annoying-as-hell vocals ruin it and it doesn't change things up enough. But still, the last instrumental bit! BTTLS SCHFFL, awesome.

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 4 March 2007 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

ah ok, i have it. all is well!

toby, Sunday, 4 March 2007 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

Holy moley, they've found the SECRET DANCE ELIXIR, no more pogoing around to 'Ruby' or 'Monster', this is the new rhythm and it's twice as infectious as before! Some magnificent atonal guitar/keyboard work complementing teh krauty beatz! Can't wait for the album.

unfished business, Sunday, 4 March 2007 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

ME WANT

strongohulkington, Sunday, 4 March 2007 17:59 (twelve years ago) link

I watched that video three times in a row.

jim, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:00 (twelve years ago) link

SECRET DANCE ELIXIR, no more pogoing around to 'Ruby' or 'Monster' Klaxons surely?

Those vocals!! Exactly where Animal Collective meets the last few years post-punk/Franz/rigid stompy indie-dance? I guess there's a fair bit of space to explore... I'm not sure I like this all that much :/

fandango, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:07 (twelve years ago) link

holy crap that's so good, even with the irritating vox

strongohulkington, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:07 (twelve years ago) link

Dj Koze remix on the flip of the single makes so much sense.

jim, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:11 (twelve years ago) link

actually the vocals (and fidelity in general) sound a hell of a lot better played off their myspace... which is saying something! I could get used to the vocals definitely. They're not that acrid. Just a bit distractingly art-rock.

fandango, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:12 (twelve years ago) link

distractingly self-conciously i think I mean.

fandango, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

seriously i will pay you and then the band 50 bucks if someone hooks me up with even a clean mp3 of "atlas"

strongohulkington, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

i may be lying about that

strongohulkington, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:33 (twelve years ago) link

dj koze remix?!@?#!@

flavio.pessoa, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:34 (twelve years ago) link

really like "Atlas" (strongo, have 192 rip of it, tho I'm sure it will turn up everywhere soon). this music seems a bit like a quantized Animal Collective circa Sung Tongs to me, everything's cleaned up, but the vibe is still there, very joyous, definitely "danceable" but only because it's so fun to listen to

Dominique, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:38 (twelve years ago) link

i'm down with this too

moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

dom if u wouldnt mind throwing it on leonardo i'd appreciate it

strongohulkington, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

I hope this gets played on MTV2!

Record delivers from beginning to end. There's a track in the middle that sounds like OOIOO that's called (wait for it) "Rainbow" that's pretty incredible too. And some skittery d'n'b from John. Will probably be the big-shit art-rock record this year since Animal Collective seems to be splitting their energies.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 4 March 2007 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

I was all excited about this, but that atlas tune...ugh. no. far too glitterband.

m the g, Sunday, 4 March 2007 19:00 (twelve years ago) link

APOSTASY!

jim, Sunday, 4 March 2007 19:02 (twelve years ago) link

it just seems like a misstep towards a more consciously 'accessible' sound, and not in a good way. personally I was hoping theyd go the other way and ramp up the mathiness. I've heard this tune a few times now and just find it...boring. sorry.

although the ending's quite good, and raise my hopes for the album.

m the g, Sunday, 4 March 2007 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

missing apostrophe! and missing 's'! I need a lie down.

m the g, Sunday, 4 March 2007 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

not loving the vocals on first listen, really. it may grow on me, though.

toby, Sunday, 4 March 2007 20:07 (twelve years ago) link

that's not a good idea, toby.

StanM, Sunday, 4 March 2007 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

err, sorry. off to mod requests i go!

toby, Sunday, 4 March 2007 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, i hadn't noticed how eg this thread is right next to that one on google. sorry all.

toby, Sunday, 4 March 2007 20:19 (twelve years ago) link

Album of the year! [No Lex].

jim, Monday, 5 March 2007 16:56 (twelve years ago) link

touring the East coast of the US now I think

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

I like this.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 05:17 (twelve years ago) link

23 May 2007 20:00 ABC 2 Glasgow

Be there. They've been great the two times I've seen them so far.

jim, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

will they survive the hype???

lfam, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:43 (twelve years ago) link

ILM hype.

jim, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:50 (twelve years ago) link

The clips I've heard from the EPs were kinda boring, but I'll give this a shot.

Jordan, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:55 (twelve years ago) link

touring the East coast of the US now I think

Later this month. I might hit up their RI show.

Mar 12 2007 9:00P Ether Festival London, England
Mar 20 2007 8:00P Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Mar 22 2007 8:00P First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PN
Mar 23 2007 8:00P Black Cat Washington DC
Mar 24 2007 8:00P Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
Mar 25 2007 8:00P Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
Mar 27 2007 8:00P Bottletree Birmingham, AL
Mar 28 2007 8:00P The Dame Lexington, KY
Mar 29 2007 8:00P Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH
Mar 30 2007 8:00P Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Mar 31 2007 8:00P Gooski's Pittsburgh, PN
Apr 1 2007 8:00P Lee's Palace Toronto, Ontario
Apr 2 2007 8:00P Soundlab Buffalo, New York
Apr 3 2007 8:00P Bowery Ballroom NYC, NY
Apr 4 2007 8:00P La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec
Apr 5 2007 8:00P Great Scott Boston, MA
Apr 6 2007 8:00P AS220 Providence, RI
May 9 2007 8:00P Halfenclan Exil Hamburg, Germany
May 10 2007 8:00P Maria Berlin, Germany
May 11 2007 8:00P JZ Kamp Bielefeld, Germany
May 12 2007 8:00P Studio 672 Koln, Germany
May 14 2007 8:00P Paradiso (room 2) Amsterdam
May 15 2007 8:00P AB Brussels
May 16 2007 8:00P Scala (+ Clark) London
May 17 2007 8:00P The Corporation (+ Clark) Sheffield
May 18 2007 8:00P The Cooler Bristol
May 19 2007 8:00P ATP Festival minehead
May 20 2007 8:00P Stylus Uni (+ Clark & Beans) Leeds
May 22 2007 8:00P Academy 2 Manchester
May 23 2007 8:00P ABC 2 Glasgrow
May 24 2007 8:00P The Barfly Birmingham
May 25 2007 8:00P Birmingham Dublin
May 26 2007 8:00P Maroquinerie Paris
May 27 2007 8:00P Le Grand Mix Roubaix, Lille
May 30 2007 8:00P MJC Oullins Oullins
Jun 1 2007 8:00P Dissonanze Festival Rome

Edward III, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 17:14 (twelve years ago) link

PN?

Edward III, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 17:15 (twelve years ago) link

I'm liking this.

Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 20:04 (twelve years ago) link

:/

strongohulkingtonsghost, Friday, 6 August 2010 13:48 (nine years ago) link

he was kinda the most interesting part

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Friday, 6 August 2010 13:52 (nine years ago) link

bummer

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 6 August 2010 14:06 (nine years ago) link

May as well put Battles out of its misery without Tyondai...

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Friday, 6 August 2010 15:48 (nine years ago) link

damn

call all destroyer, Friday, 6 August 2010 15:50 (nine years ago) link

o shit. I like his solo stuff but not nearly as much as I like Battles, yet I can't imagine being too excited about anything they do without them. Oh well.

Merdeyeux, Friday, 6 August 2010 16:01 (nine years ago) link

yeah we really needed more chipmunk vocals on this new album

QUEEN LATFH (LOLK), Friday, 6 August 2010 16:04 (nine years ago) link

and plunky fake rhodes arpeggios

QUEEN LATFH (LOLK), Friday, 6 August 2010 16:05 (nine years ago) link

yeah ppl are making a big assumption about what each member brings to the table

call all destroyer, Friday, 6 August 2010 16:06 (nine years ago) link

So I guess they're intending to tour as a three piece? I'm game I guess.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 6 August 2010 19:22 (nine years ago) link

I'm still willing to give them a chance, but his contributions were probably the most distinctive element on the first album.

Moodles, Friday, 6 August 2010 19:33 (nine years ago) link

Bummed. Even though I still think they are capable of interesting stuff without him, he did bring a much needed charismatic presence when I saw them live.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 6 August 2010 20:36 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

New album details released. Very interested in the guests.

GLOSS DROP
6th / 7th June 2011

1. Africastle
2. Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo)
3. Futura
4. Inchworm
5. Wall Street
6. My Machines (Featuring Gary Numan)
7. Dominican Fade
8. Sweetie & Shag (Featuring Kazu Makino)
9. Toddler
10. Rolls Bayce
11. White Electric
12. Sundome (Featuring Yamantaka Eye)

mh, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:21 (eight years ago) link

yay for kazu!

he do the waka lyfe (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:27 (eight years ago) link

in retrospect, it's kinda funny how "mirrored" got as much hype as it did

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:30 (eight years ago) link

I think I first saw them when they just had the EPs out. Those get criminally underrated.

mh, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:32 (eight years ago) link

still one of the best shows i've ever seen

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:33 (eight years ago) link

eYe!!!!!!

jan špankwajer.com (diamonddave85), Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:38 (eight years ago) link

guest lineup looks spectacular

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:16 (eight years ago) link

website by carles http://bttls.com/gloss-drop/

jan špankwajer.com (diamonddave85), Thursday, 24 February 2011 21:25 (eight years ago) link

haha.

so, no tyondai on this, right? even so, great guest lineup, yeah. (gary numan!)

and the EPs are still my fave battles material.

original bgm, Thursday, 24 February 2011 21:54 (eight years ago) link

ep c/b that is. didn't like the tonto one much.

original bgm, Thursday, 24 February 2011 21:55 (eight years ago) link

Yeah the EPs ruled, but I loved Mirrored too. Slightly disappointed about no Tyondai but those guests certainly look promising enough to make up for it.

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 24 February 2011 21:57 (eight years ago) link

I dont care less about the guests (I dont even know who they are Numan aside) but I've always been a Battles fan (shit I'm wearing a Battles tshirt as I type) and Mirrored was a great album.

And I have to stress I was SO not into all the Atlas hype at the time, that all completely escaped me. Took me a long time to get into em but I did.

berk psychosis (Trayce), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:12 (eight years ago) link

eYe and Aguayo very interesting to me

mh, Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) link

Hope they tour Australia again. They were tight as fuck when I saw them in 2007.

berk psychosis (Trayce), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:16 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I mean, "Atlas" is probably the sixth or seventh best track on Mirrored and I still love it to death. But Mirrored was also my number one album of 2007, so I can't really undersell how much I love it.

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:18 (eight years ago) link

eYe and Aguayo very interesting to me

AguaeYeo!!!

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:20 (eight years ago) link

Trayce, Yamantaka Eye is the guy from the Boredoms, Aguayo was one of the two dudes in Closer Musik and Kazu is in Blonde Redhead <- all legends imo

ka£ka (NickB), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:23 (eight years ago) link

Ah ok, I should have known about the BR bit at least guh.

berk psychosis (Trayce), Thursday, 24 February 2011 23:04 (eight years ago) link

BTW fellow new yorkers, Tyondai leading a 30-piece ensemble on March 7th in his own composition "Central Market" plus pieces by Andriessen, Adams and Burhans.

http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/ts-2011-tyondai-braxton-a-wordless-music-orchestra

Ban Hammerskjold (Jon Lewis), Friday, 25 February 2011 17:22 (eight years ago) link

So the track with Matias Aguayo is a horrible mess

Number None, Wednesday, 9 March 2011 23:29 (eight years ago) link

bummer. Not actually that into the idea of their new record, but am psyched about seeing them live.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 10 March 2011 00:04 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...
seven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuopwlIXYlY

乒乓, Sunday, 15 September 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

yes! also noticed that. get that dodge money battles!

sleepingbag, Sunday, 15 September 2013 17:22 (six years ago) link

these guys at studio a in miami 2008 was one of the best shows i've ever seen

sleepingbag, Sunday, 15 September 2013 17:23 (six years ago) link

one year passes...
one month passes...

New album is pretty fabulous. Gloss Drop kind of passed me by, but this is great - I might even prefer it front-to-back to Mirrored.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:06 (four years ago) link

This is really playful, feels much lighter-of-touch than some of the early stuff. Feels quite jazzy, which there were always leanings towards, I think.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:03 (four years ago) link

yeah I really enjoyed this on my first listen and I too had sort of fallen off with Gloss Drop

Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:41 (four years ago) link

great video up there^

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 17:42 (four years ago) link

i'm liking this record more and more. at first sounded like they were on autopilot, but idk, i need to get over thinking they were crippled by tyondai leaving

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 17:44 (four years ago) link

imo gloss drop was about them getting over tyondai leaving. this is back to heavy instrumental jams and it's sounding great.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 17:54 (four years ago) link

IMO Gloss Drop > Mirrored

frogbs, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 17:59 (four years ago) link

yeah, didn't they have the record basically in the can when tyondai left, and then replaced all of his parts and vox? i remember being so stoked by video of their set at the Warp anniversary show in 2009, "Ice Cream" particularly, and then the record was just such a let down, tyondai really fucked them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnJw1Noawfg

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:10 (four years ago) link

the sound on Gloss Drop was really flat

a silly gif of awkward larping (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:38 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

new album Juice B Crypts out October 18. Dave Konopka is also out.

https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/5d4acf42a10bea00085b7fef/master/pass/Battles.jpg

flappy bird, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 17:03 (four months ago) link

Uh... John Anderson shows up on this record?!?

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 8 August 2019 15:04 (four months ago) link

I guess one upside of being a duo is that there's a lot of room for the drums to sound huge

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 8 August 2019 16:44 (four months ago) link


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