New album for Battles, after Tyondai Braxton leaves the band.D*mn, it’s precisely his voice that turns Battles from an interesting band to a cult band in my mind.
Let’s start with the amazing Ice Cream‘s videoclip : http://www.vimeo.com/24380624 : With a superbe featuring with Matias Aguayo, who released “Ay Ay Ay” last year ( A Jako’s discovery).
I like a lot the other featurings with Kazu Makino from Blonde Redhead (Sweetie And Shag) and the one with Yamantaka Eye from the amazing Boredoms (Sundome).
The song with Gary Numan, My Machines, is interesting.
I only keep n my top 5 two instrumentals songs which really bring new sounscapes : Rolls Bayce, which is a slow and terrific build-up and Wall Street which reminds me of the songs I loved on “Mirrored” (great part at 4:08).
I saw them live in Paris with Tyondai, at l’Elysée Montmartre, before it burned, and It was a great moment.
To conclude, “Gloss Drop” is still a great record, from which I prefer the songs with vocals. I hope they will multiply these featurings in a future release.