I’m (predictably) loving Gloss Drop, the latest from the unclassifiable, unstoppable machine that is Battles.
I love that the band adopts so many heavy metal signifiers (the instrumental virtuosity, the monster riffage, the never-ending lineup shifts especially when it comes to singers) and then strips them completely of context. I love that when I’m listening to their tunes I make the most bizarre associations - with this track on endless repeat tonight, I’m envisaging Battles in a mixtape alongisde Klaxons, El Guincho, These New Puritans, Sleigh Bells….
I love the insane energy level. I love the vocals. I love what @perpetua has to say about this tune:
Kazu Makino, the lead singer of Blonde Redhead, is remarkable on this track. Her voice amps up the energy, pushing the chorus to ecstatic heights while being only barely comprehensible. The words don’t quite scan, but the feeling is easy to intuit: Excited, a bit lusty, a bit scared. I’ve been bored by recent Blonde Redhead records, and frankly she sounds bored on them. Her performance here is thrilling and alive and I hope that she makes more music with Battles because they really bring out the best in each other.
I even love that I had to wait three whole years for a new LP from the band - and then when it finally arrived, it overachieved, far exceeding my expectations. So yes, I love Gloss Drop. And so should you.
Listening to this now… very nice. Lotsa horns, boy-girl vocals and stuff going on, not to mention some catchy tunes. The Toronto-area band have that shambling epic thing a la Broken Social Scene down pat - and lookee there, the record was produced by David Newfeld.
Album out next week via Nevado. It’s on my want list.