Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Battles | Atlas
Musically (and visually) arresting, to say the least. In addition to the march-like rhythm, a synergy of bass and drum that propel the music forward, the aural and visual action take place a room with two-way mirrors. Yet the images do not extend into infinity, they are circumscribed by a cube. The cube is obviously an artifice, a wholly conjectured object that floats and rotates in green-screened space.
Elements of digital and analog, human and machine, to be sure. Snare hits alternate between real and triggered. A bassist occasionally dances in front of an Apple MacBook, yet we hear a slightly fuzzy, bass-y low frequency noise. Tyondai Braxton sings into a microphone, his voice serrated and ambiguous. Somewhere between vocoder and Speak-and-Spell.
Battles' latest album, Mirrored (WARP CD156) will be released in the US on May 22.