11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buckle your seatbelt for this one: Battles' 2007 debut is a puzzle box of daunting complexity—and it all unfolds at a breakneck pace. While founder Tyondai Braxton's heavily effected vocals do come into play here, Mirrored is largely an instrumental record, but its instruments play like an orchestra of machinery. On tracks like "Atlas" and "Tonto,” John Stanier builds tempos like a malfunctioning drum machine, while the rest of the band switch from frenzied to barely there. This is the sound of rock music happily collapsing in on itself.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buckle your seatbelt for this one: Battles' 2007 debut is a puzzle box of daunting complexity—and it all unfolds at a breakneck pace. While founder Tyondai Braxton's heavily effected vocals do come into play here, Mirrored is largely an instrumental record, but its instruments play like an orchestra of machinery. On tracks like "Atlas" and "Tonto,” John Stanier builds tempos like a malfunctioning drum machine, while the rest of the band switch from frenzied to barely there. This is the sound of rock music happily collapsing in on itself.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
152 Ratings
152 Ratings
MasterBaySean ,

Modern Music Has Nowhere Left to Go?

Let's face it, this album is one of the most original albums released in the past few years. Mirrored takes the mold of what music can sound like and vaporizes it. If you have ever found yourself sitting around thinking that nothing new can be acomplished with modern music, Mirrored will turn you into a believer again.

jasonda ,

Strange and Beautiful

Pitchfork characterized this album well when they dubbed it "cyborg rock." While Battles past releases are comparatively straight-forward math rock masterpieces, this is something different alltogether. It just sounds like a new combination of vocals, electronics, and instruments masterfully blended together by an intensly skilled set of musicians. This album is worth buying, if nothing else, because it is the most successful, enjoyable, and entertaining musical experiments of the past few years.

bobL ,

Mathrock from the Future

This album is one of the best releases of the year.
You need to purchase this and listen to it from start to finish a few times, then take a break and let it sink in. Listen to it one more time and by then, it will have surely hit you.
It is something of wonder.

About Battles

Crafting challenging yet engaging experimental rock that builds on its members' legacies, Battles features drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress, and guitarist David Konopka of Lynx. Avant solo musician Tyondai Braxton joined the group for its early recordings, including the Tras and EP C EPs, which were both released in June 2004 on Cold Sweat and Monitor, respectively.

The B EP followed on Dim Mak in September 2004. The Atlas EP followed in early 2007, succeeded by the band's proper full-length debut, Mirrored, in May 2007. In 2010, Braxton announced he was leaving the band to pursue his own solo career while the rest of the group set to work as a trio on a new record. The following year, Battles released their second full-length album, Gloss Drop, which featured collaborations with Gary Numan, Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino, and Matias Aguayo. A remix album, Dross Glop, appeared in 2012. Battles began work on new music early in 2014, this time opting for a completely instrumental approach. The results were 2015's La Di Da Di, described by the band as a "mushrooming monolith of repetition." ~ David Serra

ORIGIN
New York, NY
FORMED
2002

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