Battles: Gloss Drop
Consequence of Sound: As a whole, the album has a lot of impressive musicianship, outstanding atmosphere, and interesting composition...Gloss Drop is an interesting sophomore release from a band that left itself room for plenty of future growth.
Clash Music: Their robotic, metallic guitars romp around, teasing out a baroque space opera that's both seemingly measured in nano-bars and obsessed with pushing beyond the outer limits of our sonic understanding.
BBC Music: It's Chilean artist Aguayo's "Ice Cream" -- rightly this album's lead single -- that really shines: a dazzling four-and-a-half minutes of grunts and groans, chimes and clatter, pings and zings and bells and whistles and the kitchen sink, it's every bit as brilliant a treat as its titular inspiration.
Spin: Gloss Drop is an immersion in abstract tonalities, with Tropicalia-touched dark minimalism ("Rolls Bayce"), tetchy arrhythmic strings "(Africastle"), and propulsive funk ("Futura"). Braxton's clever, found-sound loops are missed, but the remaining members' rampant ideas and inexorable groove keep Battles engrossing.
Gloss Drop is out now via Warp.
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