Battles' John Stanier, Ian Williams, and Dave Konopka always sound psyched to play together, but never more so than on their first entirely instrumental album, La Di Da Di. While vocals – first provided by Tyondai Braxton on their early work and by a host of collaborators on 2011's Gloss Drop – might have seemed necessary to humanize their experimentation, they're not missed on the band's third full-length. If anything, removing them gives the trio's ideas to generate sparks the way they did on Mirrored (particularly on "Tricentennial," which recalls the mischievous alien anthems of their debut) while keeping Gloss Drop's immediacy. Battles' mix of muscular drums and riffs and heady melodies and electronics has never sounded so liberated, whether on "The Yabba," a thrilling seven-minute excursion that sounds more like seven one-minute songs strung together, or on the relatively serene "Luu Le," which uses the same amount of time to close the album with a sun-dappled suite. Here and throughout La Di Da Di, the band sounds mercurial but not chaotic, with an interplay that ebbs and flows like creativity itself.
Flamenco Hoy is the first live work directed by the great Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, awarded and nominated in all the relevant film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Montreal, or San Sebastian, and including several Oscar Award nominations.
Voyage fascinant au cœur du flamenco andalou, ce spectacle est mis en scène par le cinéaste espagnol Carlos Saura, amoureux de musique et de danse. Vingt brillants représentants de la jeune génération flamenca - danseurs, chanteurs ou musiciens - revisitent de façon époustouflante cet art entré en 2011 au patrimoine immatériel de l'humanité de l'Unesco.