I’m eating candy.
I’m eating pure sugar.
I’m eating ice cream.
I’m listening to Gloss Drop.
Battles is an experimental rock band part of a heavily emerging sub-genre called “math rock”, known for playing around with the basic traditions of music theory and compositions to the point where everything sounds crazier and slicker than anything conventional rock could even touch. Battles changes everything from time signatures to song structures that function as intricately as an unsolvable neon Rubik’s cube. Combined with rhythm placements between instruments that layer each other like an overly large ice cream sundae where each different flavor tastes strikingly bold yet, the compound of things going on could be meshed together for a collective new flavor of absolute resonance. These guys really know the insides and outs of music, they’ve felt up what the human senses are sensitive to, placed dynamite on it and let the explosion ring on this album.
Gloss Drop is a wholesome and everlasting serving of pure bliss. There is no room to spare with these songs, its just constant and pure energy; like holding your breath throughout the album’s duration and running through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Listening to this entire album just makes me feel like I should be eating what’s on the cover.
Now, with plenty of avant-garde artists making their own definitive mark and continually evolving music in the current independent industry, what’s so different about Battles?
At the heart of Gloss Drop, there is an element of deviousness at work. Most experimental artists tweak and add a new gloss or perception or effect to the conventions of primary music theory. So Battles goes to the heart of things and puts basic music theory on an ultimate sugar rush. Once that Energizer bunny’s hopping, all they can do is take the magic it emits and blast it on full. The instruments are hyper, but not in the sense of shorter and faster notes or artificially coated effects; Battles feels organic and beyond our developed taste palettes.
If math rock is abstract art, Battles is Picasso.
This album is my dad.