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Battles Offer Four New Songs on 24-Hour Loop

Experimental trio premieres first ‘La Di Da Di’ tracks with raw live performance

New York’s Battles are making up for the four-year wait between albums with a new video featuring the experimental trio performing four new cuts from their upcoming LP, La Di Da Di, that will stream on a loop for the next 24 hours.

David Radboy directed the 21-minute clip, which was filmed at the band’s NYC rehearsal space. The clip opens with the propulsive, math-y cut “The Yabba,” and also includes renditions of the effervescent but proggy “Summer Simmer”; “Tyne Wear,” a quick, jangly track with dissonant undertones; and finally, “Dot Com,” which starts sparse and blossoms into a vibrant melange of glitchy synths and fierce drumming.

The four songs are the first full offerings from La Di Da Di, which is scheduled to arrive September 18th via Warp Records. The LP follows 2011’s Gloss Drop and marks Battles’ second album without co-founder, Tyondai Braxton.

In a statement announcing La Di Da Di, Battles described the album as “a mushrooming monolith of repetition. Here is an organic techno thrum of nearly infinite loops that refuse to remain consistent.”

Ahead of La Di Da Di’s release, Battles have a handful of late-summer dates scheduled — including sets at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, August 23rd, and Hopscotch in Raleigh North Carolina, September 10th — but the group’s North American tour officially gets underway September 30th in Boston. The group’s lineup features former Helmet drummer John Stanier alongside guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams and guitarist/bassist Dave Konopka.

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