I’m not sure if this was supposed to happen today (as the stream is currently marked as ‘private’), but I couldn’t resist checking out a re-tweeted link to Battles’ new album Gloss Drop on Soundcloud. NME have gone and dumped the stream online as well, so I guess the cat’s well and truly out of the bag – click here to have a listen. Rather than boring you by blathering and gushing on about the album, I’ll just stay that it sounds pretty fantastic on first listen. There are definite echoes of 2007’s excellent Mirrored, and despite the difficult process that lead to the creation of the album, it’s a very fun, playful-sounding record.
Battles also start an extensive tour tomorrow at Primavera Sound in Barcelona (not that I’m at all jealous that I’m not there or anything). They’ll be hitting the UK in early June with the brilliant Thank You in tow, before returning later in the month for a few dates around Glastonbury and Wireless festivals. They’ve also got many more dates in Europe, the US and Canada lined up – check out the full list here.
Gloss Drop is released on Warp Records on the 6th June.