Battles, Atlas – 12” Single (2007)
When Battles released Mirrored in 2007 the song Atlas became the group’s calling card. Pitch-shifted vocals that seemed to take on the human interpretation of imaginative conversations that stoned woodland creatures might have. And that military beat. That was all it took to sell prog-rock to a whole heap of people who were sure (so, sure they didn’t even listen or look ‘em up) that they hated Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Well, the thing that sold it was the popularising of the term “math-rock”. I’m not knocking or mocking it. I bought it all hook, line, sinker. I loved seeing the band live (here’s my review from when they played Wellington). But it was one of those near-fads. The album came, got thrashed. I was supposed to interview the band – twice – they chose to get on the piss after their gigs two weeks in a row (oh well). And then the gig came. And went. And that was it. I didn’t really think about Battles after 2007. The way no one thinks about Gnarls Barkley now. And then I heard news of a new album. I saw that a friend on Facebook was selling some vinyl; included in her list was the 12 of Battles’ Atlas. I bought it as part of my deal (the rest of my treasure was mostly 80s comps, oooh and Salt-n-Pepa). Now, sure, I could have just looked the song up on YouTube, but I figure it’s probably one for the time-capsule. And I’d never buy 12s brand new. Second hand it was a fine deal. Well, one play and I’m now really looking forward to hearing sophomore album, Gloss Drop. I see they’ve kicked out Tyondai Braxton (head Oompa-Lopmpa on the Atlas single). Well, that’s my read on the situation. I would have too after hearing his solo album. Anyway, yeah, kinda looking forward to the next Battles fad. Have you heard Gloss Drop already? What’s it like? I’m going to get hold of the LP and write about it right here. Part of The Vinyl Countdown. And I’m totally digging Atlas again after just one spin.
Sample Track: Atlas
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