Even with the departure of Tyondai Braxton’s cartoonish warbbles, Battles‘ sonic palette has hardly changed. And as a trio, they sound just as tight as their 2007 debut full length Mirrored, owing in no small part to John Stanier’s taut and rock solid drumming. The playfulness and abstract humor, such a charming feature of Mirrored, continues to characterize their new album Gloss Drop. But something’s changed too. Things seem less frenetic and muscular, with the same high level of energy channeled pop- and groove-wards instead. In lead-single “Ice Cream”, the band seems determined not just to create an insanely fun track, but an immensely enjoyable, intruigingly human one. – Dan.
Gloss Drop is out now on Warp.