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June 4, 2011 12:46 am

Battles: Gloss Drop

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Battles

Gloss Drop

(Warp)

New York avant-rockers Battles lost their leader while making the follow-up to 2007’s superb Mirrored when vocalist-guitarist Tyondai Braxton left to do experimental things on his own. Gloss Drop makes light of the disruption, the remaining trio laying down densely patterned, propulsive instrumentals whose investigation into the theme of rhythm – there’s a recurrent carnival steel band motif – creates a skewed catchiness.

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