The tunes from this New York-based experimental rock trio may not be for everyone but if you’re not hooked at first, please listen for a second time… and then listen again, and then one more time after that.
In 2007 Battles released Mirrored, an wacky, experimental, off-the-wall record featuring the digitalized, cartoon-like vocals of Tyondai Braxton. The album was acclaimed by the critics and has most certainly been a tough act to follow, especially considering Braxton’s departure from the group. However, die-hards may consider this a blessing as it means they wouldn’t ever have the chance to put out an underwhelming follow-up, which we know happens all too often. So without their singer, they had to think of something new… and new they have.
On Gloss Drop, released in June, Battles managed to enlist the help of a wide variety of dynamic vocalists, including Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, British singer Gary Numan and in this jam, my fav, the strange and wonderful vocal stylings of Chilean producer Matis Aguayo. This single, while complicated in its construction, is the album’s obvious pop hit as they’ve managed once again to fuse rock and electro together in perfectly misshapen harmony. Battles remind us that music can be whimsical and hilarious and complicated and intense all at the same time, and for that reason, it’s hard to resist rocking out to it.
Below is the weird and fun video for this weird and fun song, made by a Spanish trio of creatives who, oddly enough, call themselves Canada. Check out more from Luis Cerveró, Nicolás Méndez and Lope Serrano on their website.