I've been looking forward to hearing a full-length album from Battles ever since they handed my posterior to me with their first batch of EPs, released on 3 different labels in 2004. They have since signed to Warp Records, who now have the responsibility of unleashing Mirrored on the world in May. The musical talent contained within this band is immense, and although the music is pretty wild and experimental at times, I like to think that just about anyone can appreciate their precision. Drummer John Stanier (formerly of Helmet, also of Tomahawk) is one of the most talented guys I've ever heard behind a kit; most of the songs are built around his air tight percussion, while guitarists Ian Williams (formerly of Don Caballero) and Dave Konopka along with keyboardist Tyondai Braxton add layers of texture and sound all around it.
The album's first single "Atlas" is undeniably strange, mixing bizarre cartoony vocals with a pulsating beat (check out the video on YouTube). The rest of the album will proceed to blow your mind. Fans of Don Cab, Trans Am and Hella just might have an inkling of what's in store here. The single for Atlas will be released on April 2nd; Mirrored hits stores on May 15th.
» Bonus Track: Snare Hanger