Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tunesday: "Atlas," Battles

I started this morning off right: Running 9 miles in the rain. I had an absolute blast; of course, wearing a rain-resistant jacket, tights and super-warm gloves makes playing in the puddles possible.

Since Tuesdays are running days for me, I'll make it a point to share a track from my playlists. Today, we have this gem from math rockers Battles. "Atlas" is about 5 years old, but I still find it incredibly fresh. Really, "Mirrored" is one of the better debut albums since 2007. 

For starters, the drumming is so great. John Stanier (formerly of Helmet) is as precise a rock drummer I've heard ... and who doesn't love that his crash cymbal is 7 feet high? Tons of layers to the song (ideal for headphones), catchy helium vocals (too bad Tyondai Braxton quit the group), great keyboard/guitar riff and that awesome floor tom ... I feel like I'm mechanical when I run to it!

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