Battles / Gloss Drop
Album: Gloss Drop   Collection:General
Artist:Battles   Added:Jun 2011
Label:Warp Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-07-05 Pull Date: 2011-09-04
Week Ending: Sep 4 Aug 28 Aug 14 Aug 7 Jul 31 Jul 24 Jul 17 Jul 10
Airplays: 1 1 3 2 7 1 7 4

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 11, 2024: Some Songs Without Words
Ice Cream
4. Feb 03, 2015: Setting Fire to the Lab
Ice Cream
2. Feb 06, 2024: Some Songs Without Words
5. Jan 28, 2014: Setting Fire to the Lab
Ice Cream
3. May 14, 2015: A Visit From Drum
6. Nov 22, 2013: Fight or Flight

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-06-29
Battles does it again! 12 tracks of math-rock brilliance from a legendary lineup which includes Ian Williams of Don Cabellero fame and former Helmet drummer John Stanier. A sophisticated masterpiece of layering with busy intelligent loops and superhuman precision. FCC CLEAN

*1. Slow intro with scattershot keyboard and layered guitar. Slowly builds to a frantic percussive breakdown with jivey guitars. *2. A 40-second intro of jumbled grunts and a slow crescendo of keyboard launches into a midtempo post-modern rocker with catchy keyboard and plenty of pop aesthetics. Guest vox from Matias Aguayo. Definitely a stand-out. *3. Midtempo instrumental track with killer organ lines. Epic as hell. 4. Energetic, almost with a tropical feel to it.
5. An unabashed showcase of Stanier’s brilliance. A high-speed rocker with aggressive lines. *6. Frantic rocker peppered w/ cheery keyboard despite its somewhat darker feel. *7. Handclaps, syncopated percussion, sunny keyboard, killer electronic effects. *8. Classic Battles math-rock with distorted plucky guitar, rattling keyboard, and sticky sweet female vox courtesy of Kazu Makino.
9. Slow, minimalist keyboard. Heavy reverb. 10. Harsh, noisy intro leads into a gnarly collage of clattering percussion and echoed keyboard sounds.
11. White-hot guitar, thundering drums and perfect layers of keyboards.
*12. Sparse… atmospheric…almost lighthearted. Echoed, distorted vocals.

Track Listing
1. Africastle   7. Dominican Fade
2. Ice Cream   8. Sweetie & Shag
3. Futura   9. Toddler
4. Inchworm   10. Rolls Bayce
5. Wall Street   11. White Electric
6. My Machines   12. Sundome