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by Battles
Mirrored by Battles
Released: May 2007
Label: Warp Records
Mirrored indeed. Refracted, reflected, distorted, contorted -- the sounds on this mostly instrumental album are like shards of light caroming off reflective surfaces. And physics is a good touch point here: at once coldly scientific and naturally beautiful, these jams fuse the electronic and the acoustic, the sequenced and the hand-played, the unrecognizably effected (the vocals) and the vigorously Spartan (those drums). "Atlas," a careening rush of a tune, is the centerpiece, but don't skip the oozy bass that closes "Tonto." Actually don't skip anything -- the whole album is genius.
Garrett Kamps
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