[5] Battles, ‘Atlas’

Battles, ‘Atlas’

Math rock. Pretentious Americans showing off their virtuoso chops with challenging chords, duelling guitars and interesting time signatures. Complex, clever, utterly addictive in its quirks, progressively exhilarating, becoming a mantra of joy.
Sounds rubbish? It actually sounds like Pinky and Perky fronting a 21st century Glitter Band – yes, that scary. Junior asked for it to be switched off after 45 seconds, the whirrs and tribal rhythms frightening her like those flies on holiday.
‘Atlas’ is certainly no conventional song, but a thrilling romp that makes you feel smart.