Battles - Gloss Drop
- Nicola Meighan
- 20 May 2011
Techno-rock propulsions and afro-cuban wig-outs featuring Gary Numan and Boredoms’ Yamantaka Eye
Battles feel so well-established in the innovative rock canon – so visionary, brawny and enduring – that it’s easy to forget they’ve only released one album, 2007’s thrilling Mirrored.
Granted, their very formation bore the legacy of a super-group (featuring members of Helmet, Don Caballero and Lynx) – and a string of stellar EPs preceded their debut long-player – but their second album, Gloss Drop, nonetheless feels overdue.
Toned-up and pared-back to a three-piece following the 2010 departure of Tyondai Braxton, Battles’ techno-rock propulsions and afro-cuban wig-outs head off any sense of creative absence with cameos from the likes of Gary Numan and Boredoms’ Yamantaka Eye.