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LA DI DA DI

Battles

Post Rock/Math rock


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3.92 | 53 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Yabba (6:49)
2. Dot Net (2:59)
3. FF Bada (4:25)
4. Summer Simmer (5:49)
5. Cacio e Pepe (2:41)
6. Non-Violence (3:44)
7. Dot Com (4:19)
8. Tyne Wear (1:50)
9. Tricentennial (2:56)
10. Megatouch (5:23)
11. Flora > Fauna (1:26)
12. Luu Le (6:52)

Total Time: 49:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Williams / guitar, keyboards
- Dave Konopka / bass, guitar
- John Stanier / drums

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Dave Konopka with Lesley Unruh (photo)

CD Warp Records - WARP CD263 (2015, Europe)

2xLP Warp Records - WARP LP 263 (2015, Europe)

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BATTLES La Di Da Di ratings distribution


3.92
(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
10%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
29%
Good, but non-essential (39%)
39%
Collectors/fans only (16%)
16%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

BATTLES La Di Da Di reviews


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Review by LearsFool
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
5 stars In which Battles channel Ratatat and Jaga Jazzist.

The general course of Battles's career has been a flashy march towards ever greater grooviness, so that for what "La Di Da Di" lacks in impact it makes up for in sheer joy. As it turns out, the willingness to let "Gloss Drop" be worked over by remixers as "Dross Glop" was a signal that they were ready to follow Jaga into the realm of electronic jam prog. If you dig that kind of fun, and don't mind it not having the experimental edge of Jaga or "Mirrored", then you're in for a treat. The groove picks up right from the start and never lets go. The math they codified on "Mirrored" is now more than ever electronically modified and adjoined, not for purposes of misplaced perfectionism but of finding new sounds and building jams. And never has the angular side of math sounded so right. This is nothing short of a ball, and I had no choice but to round up to five stars.

Review by Atavachron
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars What a pleasure to hear something new and original. As with all new music, it isn't as if this trio is doing something truly unique; they simply compose music with the tools they know and understand. No, what sets these three apart is their attitude-- that's what makes Battles so interesting and what makes this third studio issue so very listenable, even exciting. The band tends to end up in the 'Indie' category, which is fine, as Battles are wholly independent. They are real artists.

The sound of Chiptune is ever present, the band generating waveforms marbled through hard rock with complete abandonment of any established approach, metastasizing a mix that will hit on a particular style without any allegiance to it. Only nominally "Postrock", these guys don't care and you gotta love that. If it were the late '70s, Stanier, Williams and Konopka would probably be a punk group. Cosmic dust morphs into blurpie trance for 'The Yabba' with vintage subspace nebulas and textured guitar calliopes, and 'Dot Net' is high-end squeak & Skweee showcasing the bangin' traps of John Stanier.

A little Surf opens 'FF Bada' reminding now & then of Tortoise, 'Cacio E Pepe' is industrial, and 'Non-Violence' rocks. Battles create paintings in sound and require some space to do so. Like good cheese or wine, they have to come to room temperature and begin to breathe in order for the flavors to bloom and be fully appreciated. 'Dot Com' is John Carpenter meets Blondie, 'Tricentennial' has Ian Williams' delicious vibrating-iron guitars, Glitch of 'Megatouch', and adorable 'Luu Le' make for one incredible musical statement.

A band that will surely go down as one of the best of the Post era though their legend may take a few more years to solidify, and in the wake of Hip hop's possession of popular music, Battles are one of the most fresh and bold of this fascinating and marginalized time in rock. A masterpiece of progressive rock music? You better believe it.

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4 stars The Battles are perhaps the most original and fresh rock band I've heard in the last few years, and this extends easily to La Di Da Di. Characteristic for the band and particularly this album is the combination of electronic loops with very energetic but still precise drumming, which means that th ... (read more)

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