- Audio CD (September 18, 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Warp Records
- ASIN: B011MJ8WOI
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
La Di Da Di
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Battles are the Networked Band, or perhaps the-band-as-network. An island chain linked by a unique combination of artistry, experimentation, technology and singular focus. A band that holds computerized loops in their brains, leaves sweat on their machines and whose sonic heartbeat is almost brutally human.
Dave Konopka, Ian Williams and John Stanier have turned the tables on themselves this time, confronted their own ideas of what Battles is and here on their third album, have willed an answer to that question into existence. As the name might imply, La Di Da Di is a mushrooming monolith of repetition. Here is an organic techno thrum of nearly infinite loops that refuse to remain consistent. The rhythmic genus of Battles is here as ever; full frontal, heightened and unforgiving the gauntlet through which melody and harmony must pass, assailed at every turn.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a great album that gets better with each listen. They've really highlighted their looping style.
Hard to pick favorite Tracks, but I might choose Summer Simmer and Megatouch
"The Yabba" starts the record off with glitchy, stuttering feedback, and after some electronic and synthesizer meanderings, and after what sounds like a toy car horn honking, the drums and guitar enter with a slowly building, pulsing rhythm. From there, the song has loops of keyboard/synth melodies layered onto it while the drums and guitar steadily pick up in pace and intensity, until fading out in the mid-section of the song, only to come back with a vengeance at the end.
I won't go into details about the rest of the songs because, honestly, I think that the album speaks for itself. I have been seeing some mixed reviews for this album, more so than any Battles album to date. Weather that's because the bar was set so high by the band's two previous full-lengths, or because of the shift to a more rhythmic style, I can't say for sure. My opinion, however, is that this is the most immediately likeable, catchy, and party - friendly album that Battles has given us. I would recommend this record to anyone, and come on, how could you not love the cover art/album artwork?