Always a band to deliver more than expected, Battles–who have been having a very good year so far–gets set to drop their Tonto+ release, a new EP that includes a track of the same name, remixes, and a bonus DVD.
Folks will argue to the death about what genre the New York-based four-piece's music belongs to, but, labels aside, most would agree that frantic experimentalism is the common denominator throughout Battles' work. On "Tonto," guitars warble around twisted melodies, tempos stop and start abruptly, and, as usual, vocals take a backseat to musical instruments. Remix duties for the eight-minute opus are performed by The Field, Four Tet, Joell Ortiz, and DJ EMZ.
Rounding out the package is a bonus DVD that includes the video for "Tonto," which was shot in a rock quarry in the middle of the night, and a "making of" segment for the video.
Tonto is out November 6, 2007 on Warp.
Read more about Battles in Issue 106 of XLR8R.
2. Tonto (The Field Remix)
3. Tonto (Four Tet Remix)
4. Tonto (Live at FRF 07)
5. Leyendecker (Live at FRF 07)
6. Leyendecker (DJ EMZ Remix feat. Joell Ortiz)
2. The Making of Tonto
10/27 Las Vegas, NV: Vegoose Festival
10/29 San Diego, CA: Epicentre
10/30 Los Angeles, CA: Henry Fonda Theater
11/01 San Francisco, CA: Great American Music Hall
11/02 Portland, OR: Hawthorne Theater
11/03 Seattle, WA: Neumos
11/04 Austin, TX: Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
11/08 Chicago, IL: Metro
11/09 Ann Arbor, MI: The Blind Pig
11/10 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
11/11 Montreal, QC: Le National
11/12 Boston, MA: Paradise
11/13 New York, NY: Webster Hall
Photo By Grace Villamil.