Tyondai Braxton
Central Market


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
September 15th, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Battles' guitarist creates an orchestral, minimal statement.

Tyondai Braxton is a member of Battles and son of free jazz saxophonist Anthony Braxton. His career has focused on taking rock instrumentation to a level of sophistication reserved for more academic genres such as jazz and classical. 'Central Market' takes Braxton's previous ideas and transplants them into the classical realm. Minimalism has always been common place in Battles' sound, but 'Central Market' takes the influence of composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley and runs with it. Strings, kazoos, and Philip Glass style vocals all find their way into the record and more impressively are all successful in how they are implicated. Modernist composers like Igor Stravinsky also have influence on the playfulness of 'Central Market'. Many might say Braxton is attempting to bring classical to his more rock oriented fans, but that almost seems opposite of what he is doing. Instead of creating a tribute of a sound he is instead just imbuing his already unique take on music with an orchestral presence.

'Central Market' seems to be designed with two parts in mind. The first half of the record is decidedly more light hearted where the second half focuses on more loop based and darker tones. 'Uffe's Workshop' and 'The Duck And The Butcher' both encompass the first half of the record perfectly. 'Uffe's Workshop' notable for its use of the vocal techniques found on 2007's 'Mirrored'. 'The Duck And The Butcher' blends various kazoos into a circular piece that seems to be continually catching back up to itself. Centerpiece 'Platinum Rows' bridges the two halves of the record by managing to remain upbeat throughout while using extreme dissonance. The latter half of the record is marked by the most individually stunning tracks. 'J City' the most reminiscent of an actual rock song builds on loops of guitars coming off similar to something from 'Remain in Light'. The track while entirely different from the rest of the record completely states what 'Central Market' is about. The music on this record is attempting to do something as new as 'Mirrored'. Instead of rhythmic exploration Braxton is working with a variety of harmonic and melodic developments and in doing so has made a refreshing and similar counterpoint to 'Mirrored'. 'Central Market' may not be as calculated, but it is more fun and in general more easy to digest. It will be interesting from here to see how Braxton's and Battles' views collide.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 15th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i really couldn't stand this.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
September 15th 2009


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thought it was fucking awesome. good review too

BurlySlayerFan
September 15th 2009


51 Comments


Really want to hear this.

Waior
September 15th 2009


11451 Comments


Sounds like something new/interesting. Prioritize..

Roach
September 15th 2009


2148 Comments


Have you listened to Battles?

Prophet178
September 15th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah damn, I was going to review this. This guy is pushing modern music forward again, genius work.

Taxt
September 15th 2009


640 Comments


Oh cool I'll have to check this out.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2009


15035 Comments


mirrored was slightly overrated but still good

might get this

MaskAtTheMasquerade
September 15th 2009


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i hated mirrored at first, but it's a grower. Amazing album.

J City is the shit

AtavanHalen
September 15th 2009


17927 Comments


i really couldn't stand this.


This actually kind of doesn't surprise me.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 15th 2009


3768 Comments


I heard Platinum Rows on his myspace ages back, it sounded interesting, but not something i'd be into.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 15th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This actually kind of doesn't surprise me.


Why's that? I like Battles, like experimental music, and grew up on prog... I just feel like this is completely whimsical.

qwe2
September 16th 2009


377 Comments


this looks really interesting.

sgrevs
September 16th 2009


698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is pretty sweet. 3-3.5 for me. J City is really awesome, so is Platinum Rows.

robin
Emeritus
September 17th 2009


4248 Comments


i remember someone describing atlas by battles as animal collective possessed by satan... always wanted to check them out since then

sgrevs
September 17th 2009


698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's a pretty poor description. But you should definitely check them out anyway.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 24th 2009


7926 Comments


read this as tony braxton
talk about a let down

MaskAtTheMasquerade
August 28th 2010


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a completely different experience on vinyl.

cbmartinez
November 10th 2010


2525 Comments


album is incredible

cbmartinez
February 13th 2011


2525 Comments


the riff is j city is so fucking heavy, it sounds like botch or something



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