Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Record label: Warp
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental
Tyondai Braxton has been making music, patiently and maybe a bit pensively, in New York for most of the past decade, both in the ecstatic prog-rock band Battles and as an occasional loop-mining solo artist who can summon the sound of several bands over. None of his music has been small, and none of it has lacked for promise. But none of it even began to foretell the scale and sweep of Central Market.
Bloke from Battles goes further out on a limb shocker: more Stravinsky than the Saturdays, this is still way more fun than the latter..
At the time of Central Market's release, Tyondai Braxton was best known as a member of proggy post-rockers Battles, who earned so much acclaim for their 2007 debut album Mirrored that many of their fans might not have known of Braxton's decade-plus of work as an avant-garde solo artist. That's understandable, since his debut solo album History That Has No Effect was released in 2002, but Central Market reintroduces Braxton as an artist with an audacious set of compositions that link to his earlier solo work and Battles, but don't rehash either. On History That Has No Effect, Braxton was truly solo, crafting heavily processed, loop-based pieces that mimicked a larger ensemble through meticulous layering.
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