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MirroredMirrored available on iTunes

Battles Mirrored

Up next is Mirrored by the math rock outfit Battles. The New York quartet has been getting a lot of attention by indie rock fans for their unique take on instrumental music. In fact, the band won't even describe their music as instrumental, but rather music without any lyrics. Jim and Greg both love the combination of electronica and 1970s prog rock. Greg even compares their unique melodies and compositions to that of space age pop musician Esquivel. Both critics note how this cerebral brand of music can usually be kind of cold and off-putting, but, Battles has put a human touch to it. Therefore Mirrored gets two Buy Its.

JimGreg
Go to episode 75
Gloss Drop (Bonus Track Version)Gloss Drop available on iTunes

Battles Gloss Drop

Battles really wowed indie rock audiences with their 2007 release Mirrored. Now the experimental rock group is back with Gloss Drop. They are down a lead singer, Tyondai Braxton, but up a few guest vocalists. Greg notes that a lot of the terms used to describe Battles don't do the band any justice. "Math Rock," "New Prog Rock," and others don't indicate the sense of joy and play infused in their sound. He thought that the loss of Braxton would be a heavy blow, but now they are using vocals as just another layer and texture and it really works. Greg says Buy It. Jim, however, does miss Braxton. Nothing on Gloss Drop is as good as "Atlas." The instrumental tracks are quite strong, but the songs featuring vocal cameos by the likes of Gary Numan don't work for Jim. He says Burn It.

JimGreg
Go to episode 290
Battles Juice B Crypts

Battles Juice B Crypts

Twelve years after their debut album, Battles is back with their fourth full length record, Juice B Crypts. The experimental art punk project boasts a strong lineage connecting it to Helmet, Don Caballero and Tomahawk. That lineage is boosted on this album by guest appearances from Jon Anderson of Yes, Tune-Yards, Shabbaz Palaces and more. Greg says in some ways this album reminds him of cartoon soundtracks and Jim agrees, citing Carl Stallings and Milt Franklyn's work on Looney Tunes as an apt comparison for the album's frenetic pace. They're both very enthusiastic about the latest from Battles.

JimGreg
Go to episode 726
lists

Best of 2007

It's a critic and a music fan's favorite time of year. Jim and Greg run down their top albums for 2007. You can view their complete lists below.

For more end-of-year discussion, check out the Sound Opinions Message Board.

Go to episode 107

The Best Songs of 2007 - Mixtapes

Jim and Greg present their Mixtapes for 2007. Check out the track listing below.

Go to episode 109

The Best of 2007… So Far

Jim and Greg just couldn‘t wait until the end of the year to start picking their favorite albums, so they’ve decided to name their 2007 mid-year best.

Go to episode 81