Battles release Tonto on 22nd October 2007. Having set the bar with the video for Atlas, much intrigue has been circulating around the video that will accompany the colossal new single from Battles, 'TONTO'. Produced by Warp Films, Tonto is an eight minute epic performance video which sees Battles collaborate with celebrated light artists, UVA (United Visual Artists).
This film that is unapologetically eight minutes documents a long night spent in an imposing location far from civilization, where UVA's elaborate light installation and Battles incendiary, dusk-til-dawn performance meet head on. Captured on film as a one off performance, the result of this dynamic interplay is unlikely to be repeated again. It is of no exaggeration to say that the result will delight current and new fans alike in its brilliance.
2007 has been the year for Battles. With the release of their highly accomplished and frankly peerless debut album Mirrored in mid-May, 2007 transformed Battles from a hot transatlantic buzz band with an exemplary live reputation - the tastemaker's choice, to an outfit internationally renowned.
The release of Mirrored captured the imagination of all manner of music lovers and with it came immediate critical acclaim and a sell out two month European tour that ended in June with an audience of 5,000 at Barcelona's Primavera, on the main stage for the last performance of the festival. Even more impressively (though unsurprising considering the quality of their live show), July saw Battles play to 10,000 people at Fuji Rock - and the area had to be cordoned off due to overcrowding. And this is from a band who released their debut album two months earlier. The hype was justified.
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