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Battles built a new world for their music on La Di Da Di

No band ever remains the same forever, but with Battles, evolution has come at strange, slow-paced clip. The band's first album, 2007's Mirrored, was a twisty, massive blend of clean-cut rock and industrial slaughter. More than any album at the time, it created a space where mutated electronics made sense next to classically recognizable instruments, and its chipper vocals made Avey Tare fans feel like they had found new saviors with better names. Then four years passed, and 2011's Gloss Drop had Battles dipping pop music into an aluminum shell of noise rock (a bold but risky experiment that involved a resurrection of 80s new wave icon Gary Numan). Battles have always been a rock band at heart, but on La Di Da Di (out today on Warp),...

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