Watch: Battles - The Yabba
A new Battles clip, featuring freshly-squeezed orange juice and a girl with a basketball.
Four years since their last release, Brooklyn-based Battles are back with a refreshed but familiar take on their experimental math rock. Next week they release a new album, La Di Da Di, and after the success of Mirrored (2007)and Gloss Drop (2011) the three-piece have set themselves a hard act to follow. After releasing new singles The Yabba and FFA Bada you can feel that the Battles outfit is a little more complicated and a little more calculated than before, but still retaining those familiar instrument tones and rhythms that make Battles' songs such face-melters.
The band has now officially released a stunning video clip directed by Roger Guàrdia, for the 7-minute single The Yabba. The video features the three Battles members (all of which are over 35 now) performing in the desert, squeezing some orange juice and jamming in a warehouse surrounded by a cult of lifeless onlookers. The abstract clip is an extended jam, but the 7-minutes flies by pretty quickly when you're preoccupied with the clip's swirling symmetry and trying to work out what the hell The Yabba means (note: you won't).
Battles recently confirmed that La Di Da Di will be purely instrumental and won’t include any vocals, unlike their last album release which featured a number of guest vocalists. Also worth noting is the fucking delicious artwork for the two single releases - it’s got us salivating.
La Di Da Di is out on 18th September via Warp Records. Watch The Yabba below via YouTube.