Battles - Gloss Drop [2011]

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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)

http://www.bttls.com/gloss-drop/

6th / 7th June 2011

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 March 2011 04:28 (eight years ago) link

battles goes ska

dayo, Monday, 14 March 2011 04:29 (eight years ago) link

Haven't cared about any Battles I've ever heard until I heard "Ice Cream" the other day: http://soundcloud.com/weallwantsome1/battles-ice-cream-feat-matias

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 March 2011 04:30 (eight years ago) link

Wait wait wait, WHY DID YOU START THIS THREAD Mr "I hate Battles"?? :P

one time, something happy craz (Trayce), Monday, 14 March 2011 07:16 (eight years ago) link

easily my favorite collection of song titles so far this year

J0rdan S., Monday, 14 March 2011 07:18 (eight years ago) link

"ice cream" is good but not great -- sorta feels like freneticism w/o a point -- i'm wary of no tyondai, but we'll see

J0rdan S., Monday, 14 March 2011 07:19 (eight years ago) link

I like it, its like a busy, Mr Bungle vs Reguritator romp. I always liked the precise whimsy under their structure.

one time, something happy craz (Trayce), Monday, 14 March 2011 07:28 (eight years ago) link

I was always more a fan of their music (and structure) than Ty's singing anyway.

one time, something happy craz (Trayce), Monday, 14 March 2011 07:29 (eight years ago) link

hmmm. loooved mirrored, but not keen on ice cream at all. feels a little dry without tyondai (no rhyme intended). it also sounds weirdly nondescript, like it could be any one of hundreds of other post-animal collective US indie bands. maybe it's those lacklustre vocals.

comparing this with tyondai's solo album, it seems he brought the vast majority of the fun and invention to this band.

it's not fair to judge the album on the basis of one song, though. be interesting to see how it pans out. particularly keen to hear the eye tune.

m the g, Monday, 14 March 2011 09:28 (eight years ago) link

The one with Matias Aguayo should be fun.

Matt DC, Monday, 14 March 2011 10:30 (eight years ago) link

6. My Machines (Featuring Gary Numan)

^^^ ws

hipsters be comin' to the hipster-hop store (bernard snowy), Monday, 14 March 2011 10:33 (eight years ago) link

The Matias one is the one linked upthread matt! and it is!

one time, something happy craz (Trayce), Monday, 14 March 2011 10:40 (eight years ago) link

Its gonna piss off a lot of mathrock battlez fans tho, I can see that

one time, something happy craz (Trayce), Monday, 14 March 2011 10:40 (eight years ago) link

On paper, Tyondai was just a very small part of this band. Ian used to be in the mightly Don Caballero, Dave was in a great band called Lynx and then there is John Stanier. I doubt they are struggling for invention. That being said, Ice Cream is terrible and I didn't think much of Mirrored, this band are awful.

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Monday, 14 March 2011 11:43 (eight years ago) link

It's a great album. Much better than Mirrored from start to finish. I can see why they chose Ice Cream as the lead single but it's not really indicative of what the rest of the record's like (that said, I also think Ice Cream is a good song). The Eye track is brilliant and so is the Numan one.

Chap With Wings... Five Rounds Rapid (Doran), Monday, 14 March 2011 13:45 (eight years ago) link

I guess atlas wasn't particularly representative of mirrored – and I really didn't like that on first listen, either.

m the g, Monday, 14 March 2011 13:58 (eight years ago) link

(subsequently did a total 180 on that one, obv.)

m the g, Monday, 14 March 2011 13:59 (eight years ago) link

Mirrored is all about "Race-In" IMO

ancient, but very sexy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2011 13:59 (eight years ago) link

race in, race out, ddiamond, tonto.. although, aside from atlas, it's difficult to listen to tracks from mirrored in isolation. I kind of think of it as one long song.

m the g, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:03 (eight years ago) link

Well this is disappointing on many levels (mostly because I'll have to keep looking at it all year, and then see it a zillion times on eoty lists).

http://cdn.pitchfork.com/media/battles_1.jpg

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:45 (eight years ago) link

Ice Cream!

Davek (davek_00), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:45 (eight years ago) link

Looks like silly spray to me.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:46 (eight years ago) link

'An artist's impression of the listener's brain on exposure to Gloss Drop'.

Davek (davek_00), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:47 (eight years ago) link

yeah it's silly string

blingee cummings (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:48 (eight years ago) link

Bad composition, harshly lit, terrible kerning...hoping they put a little extra effort in the actual music portion of this album.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:48 (eight years ago) link

you really seem offended

groovemaaan, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 20:53 (eight years ago) link

As an armchair graphic designer, I'm kind of "eh, whatever" about all this

mh, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 20:55 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

love these guys. "futura" is kinda sorta like magma on happy pills. still, i miss tyondai's weirdo "vocals"

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 9 April 2011 17:51 (eight years ago) link

This is excellent. Ice Cream works better in the context of the album.

Touch of Death, Saturday, 9 April 2011 20:33 (eight years ago) link

"futura" is kinda sorta like magma

no shit, these zany guys just love to make clever references.

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Saturday, 9 April 2011 22:43 (eight years ago) link

Really wish that Dominican Fade was longer, but mostly feeling this a lot.

o0o00h really? (boxedjoy), Sunday, 10 April 2011 10:59 (eight years ago) link

this album is great, the sleeve is also great

i'm really liking this so far. i agree that it's not as mathy, but it's a good thing.

borntohula, Sunday, 10 April 2011 19:14 (eight years ago) link

the synths in this make me want to vomit

merked, Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:31 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

these dudes still 100% mathematical live

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 16:59 (eight years ago) link

haven't heard any of the songs off the album but don't let no tyondai make you miss these dudes

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 17:00 (eight years ago) link

yep, they totally killed it at the london show recently.

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 17:01 (eight years ago) link

Seeing them tonight, v. much looking forward.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 17:03 (eight years ago) link

Really anxious to hear the full-length.

Tried this, really didn't like it. Didn't love the last one either, but this one really left me cold.

that's not funny. (unperson), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 17:47 (eight years ago) link

Show was great- as far as I could tell they played all new stuff. The prerecorded vocals threw me at first but it seemed ultimately like they treated them as just more samples. Incredibly tight playing, very loud.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 17:17 (eight years ago) link

ok having now listened to the album, it seems that they improvise way more in their live show than they did before

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:26 (eight years ago) link

I was wondering about that--it seemed like there was either shitloads of improv or none at all.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:27 (eight years ago) link

I remember on the mirrored tour they pretty much played the songs note for note (but still really well), but I can say w/ a fair amount of certainty that they really change up how they play all the songs w/ vocals live, and although they didn't out and out change the sound of the instrumentals, they were at least much much looser in how they played em

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:36 (eight years ago) link

it's funny, I'm not a huge fan of these dudes or anything, but this show was so good that I keep thinking about/listening to/posting about them

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:37 (eight years ago) link

they're probably my favourite live band. seen them four times, first time in 2006 i think. not seen them since tyondai left. i pretty much don't like live bands all that much and i hardly ever listen to mirrored or the eps and haven't even bothered to download this album yet. they just are great live.

tending tropics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:04 (eight years ago) link

Didn't like Ice Cream at all which is weird because I usually love everything Matias Aguayo collaborates in and Mirrored was amazing. This just sounds like 311 or Goldfinger or whatever being weird for the sake of weird. I can't make it past the middle of the song. Hopefully the full album has higher standards.

Moka, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:24 (eight years ago) link

Also yeah they're brilliant live and that's where their songs shine. Saw them for the first time at the primaverasound in 2007 and I can safely say they were my favorite act of them all. I hope they've been recording their performances of the past few years for some sort of dvd or live album before their energy inevitably spikes off in a couple of years.

Moka, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:29 (eight years ago) link

hoping mirrored gets a vinyl re-release when gloss drop drops

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:40 (eight years ago) link

i have mirrored on vinyl and it just sits in my parents' house gathering dust.

bragging

tending tropics (jim in glasgow), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:54 (eight years ago) link

I mean, I'm not saying it's a doomy, unhappy album... but neither is Mirrored!

low-rent black gangster nicknamed Bootsy (DJP), Friday, 10 June 2011 14:45 (eight years ago) link

Oh I wasn't saying Mirrored is dark or doomy, they are both relatively upbeat experiences. I just find the new one to be a little more bright and shiny.

the fey bloggers are onto the zagat tweets (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 10 June 2011 14:46 (eight years ago) link

found a copy of this at home and it's great!

i'm in the didn't really connect with mirrored but think the eps are incredible camp

Crackle Box, Friday, 10 June 2011 14:46 (eight years ago) link

Do you live in a record store?

the fey bloggers are onto the zagat tweets (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 10 June 2011 14:51 (eight years ago) link

mirrored is awesome. love this too. can't wait to see this stuff live

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 10 June 2011 15:23 (eight years ago) link

this album is fantastic from front to back and i'm surprised by all the grousing upthread. love the tropical touchstones, the relative emphasis on pop, lightness and groove. the band are still going at it like motherfuckers, but rather than making jaw-dropping complexity the focal point, they let the machinery serve the tunes & propulsion ― a good strategy, imo. "futura"!

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Friday, 10 June 2011 17:08 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

heading to see them on sunday!

mh, Thursday, 14 July 2011 21:03 (eight years ago) link

they're really great live even though I think they fall flat on record

relentlessly googling hipster (Hurting 2), Thursday, 14 July 2011 21:04 (eight years ago) link

I think this is the... fourth time I'll see them live? I love the new record, though.

mh, Thursday, 14 July 2011 21:05 (eight years ago) link

should be seeing them on saturday if i'm in town

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Thursday, 14 July 2011 21:06 (eight years ago) link

Are they still using the big twin monolith video screens to project various singers (bar Eye) onto?

Apart from Gary Numan (looking like the Goth Dot Cotton, as my friend pointed out) I didn't think this worked and preferred hearing Sun Dome without a weirdly outsized, messianic Japanese dreadhead peering over them. Although it was a good idea in theory, I hope they ditch it.

Rebekah Brooks Hardsonned My Hamster (Doran), Thursday, 14 July 2011 22:02 (eight years ago) link

I will let you know!

mh, Friday, 15 July 2011 02:47 (eight years ago) link

P.s. So far Futura is my favorite album track on this one

mh, Friday, 15 July 2011 02:48 (eight years ago) link

numan track is the best http://i.imgur.com/zi7hd.gif

beaster eggs: a thread for rad sugar puns (dave cool), Friday, 15 July 2011 06:58 (eight years ago) link

Futura is def my fav but the vocal tracks are all awesome too (save Numan's). I'm liking how Gloss Drop focuses on pleasant guitar tones over intricate math-rocky sounds like Mirrored.

The Sunspots In Your Eyes Are Actually Cataracts, Mr. Rudich (AWALL), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 00:31 (eight years ago) link

That's mad. Numan's vocals are brilliant.

Rebekah Brooks Hardsonned My Hamster (Doran), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 08:30 (eight years ago) link

Not literally mad. It's just a vaguely different opinion to my own.

Sundome is the best track on here imo.

Rebekah Brooks Hardsonned My Hamster (Doran), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 08:31 (eight years ago) link

numan track sounds sort of like queens of the stone age

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:13 (eight years ago) link

love the entire album so so so so much, but ice cream is the track that gets me madddd excited.

i'm not a lawyer, but i play one on a messageboard (stevie), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 17:30 (eight years ago) link

Its funny because I found myself creating a playlist that skips just that track and I love the entire album even more then.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 17:38 (eight years ago) link

I guess with me being a die hard Numan fan since the early 80s, I may be slightly prejudiced.

Rebekah Brooks Hardsonned My Hamster (Doran), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:20 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

been ignoring this band since overly math-y stuff usually bores me to tears
but saw the Ice Cream video randomly last night and totally loved it
hmmm

you will always be wrong (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 September 2011 23:13 (eight years ago) link

They are very humorous! It's like math rock but with silliness.

mh, Friday, 9 September 2011 23:32 (eight years ago) link

yeah they're very fun, totally not your usual po faced post rock

also this video is great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkgQ88G8Hj8

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 9 September 2011 23:51 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

feeling "wall street" these days. still miss tyondai

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:32 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Saw these guys live last night, fantastic show, a lot more playful and freeform than the last time I saw them (which was a really "by the note" faithful repro of "mirrored"). Lots of segues and jamming and the neat trick of keeping the guests vocalists in with the screens. Loved it!

...my perforated eardrum HATED me last night tho :( ow.

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Saturday, 28 January 2012 22:54 (eight years ago) link

At one point one of them (Ian I guess?) went off on a very strange ramble about how he was standing under a waterfall in tasmania staring into some guys eyes wondering if he could bury him under a pile of boulders... um.

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Saturday, 28 January 2012 22:56 (eight years ago) link

Yeah that sounds like them all right

mh, Saturday, 28 January 2012 22:57 (eight years ago) link

Heh. I think he also said some kind of "we made that joke up last night... eh it was funny at the time!" thing.

Goddamn the mathrocky bass sounds kicked serious ass. They didnt play "Race:In" tho :(

thanks to denial, I'm immortal! (Trayce), Saturday, 28 January 2012 23:01 (eight years ago) link

their show in barcelona at primavera last year was one of the best things i've seen.

dave cool it (stevie), Sunday, 29 January 2012 09:41 (eight years ago) link

can't say I miss Tunde at all, was weird at first but i think if anything they're better than they've ever been live

Jamie_ATP, Sunday, 29 January 2012 09:54 (eight years ago) link

You mean Tyondai, right?

mh, Sunday, 29 January 2012 16:03 (eight years ago) link

They are very humorous! It's like math rock but with silliness.

exactly why I can tolerate these guys a lot more than most anything else under the "math rock" umbrella. they've got a bit of the Magma/Ruins thing going on and really have some amazing grooves underneath everything. plus the Numan track is awesome all around (I'm a Numan fanboy though so maybe I'm biased)

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Monday, 30 January 2012 20:48 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

excited for DROSS GLOP

from today's pfork review: Everyone knows by now that Tyondai Braxton left on bad terms in the middle of making what became Battles' second album, Gloss Drop

i didn't know this! someone tell me about it.

the late great, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:12 (seven years ago) link

I had no idea there were bad terms, either! Is this some inside loop thing or just a reading of tea leaves by a pitchfork writer?

mh, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:16 (seven years ago) link

yeah, i didn't realize there was bad blood there either!

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:17 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

saw a target ad w/ a battles song in it during the golden globes

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 14 January 2013 20:42 (seven years ago) link

lovelovelove this album. hope they do another.

I had such a fontasy (stevie), Monday, 14 January 2013 21:40 (seven years ago) link

I didn't play this nearly as much as Mirrored. I liked alot of the material but I thoughth the production job was quite muddy. The sound overall seemed kind of flattened out.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 14 January 2013 21:51 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

is there a more recently updated thread for Battles? this new song with Shabazz Palaces is great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd9ulSsQ2-I

mizzell, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 13:01 (three months ago) link

Is it just me or does the "Titanium 2 Step" vocal sound like Adrian Belew circa King Crimson's "Discipline" album?

Wally P. Doyle, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:59 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Yes yes, excellent selection of guests, also incl. Xenia Rubinos, Jon Anderson, Sal Principato, tune-yards, swimming this brewful stew, which b chock-full of op art pop cuckoo clock functionality. Don't sleep on the video album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE9riaWiLb4

dow, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:11 (two weeks ago) link

yeah this new one is a blast, I much prefer it to their earlier work

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:14 (two weeks ago) link

great album, I threw it some points in the EOY poll

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

It's sad when bands are doing their best work after no one cares

(jk I'm sure they're doing fine as a hyped '00s legacy band, and it's just an illusion based on perceived critical/media attention)

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

Can you live off being a hyped '00s legacy (minor) band?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:23 (one week ago) link

There should be a catch-all Battles thread, I almost missed this because I assumed the revive was just someone posting "still dope" or something about a Gloss Drop track

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:26 (one week ago) link

Excellent question but my guess is yes, as long as you're still touring?

xp

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:42 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNAgOXFv1RE

this video is sickk, esp the 2nd tune

adam, Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:47 (one week ago) link

Susumu Hirasawa opened for them in Japan, which seems significant since Hirasawa draws a pretty big crowd on his own. so they're definitely still popular somewhere

frogbs, Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:03 (one week ago) link


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