La Di Da Di (album)

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La Di Da Di
Battles LaDiDaDi Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2015 (2015-09-18)
Recorded2014
StudioMachines with Magnets,
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Genre
Length49:13
LabelWarp
Producer
  • Battles
  • Keith Souza
  • Seth Manchester
Battles chronology
Dross Glop
(2012)
La Di Da Di
(2015)
Juice B Crypts
(2019)
Singles from La Di Da Di
  1. "The Yabba"
    Released: August 13, 2015
  2. "FF Bada[1]"
    Released: September 2, 2015

La Di Da Di is the third studio album by American experimental rock band Battles, released on September 18, 2015 on Warp Records.[2] It is the band's last album with guitarist/bassist Dave Konopka before his departure in 2018.

Recording[edit]

La Di Da Di is Battles' only album without vocals. Guitarist Dave Konopka said: "To me, vocals are like this fourth instrument that is totally insignificant in a band like Battles because we kind of have nothing to say and out of the three of us none of us are capable of really singing. The decision to not have vocals is more of a self-sufficient, functional decision than anything. I love plenty of bands with vocals, don’t get me wrong. When it applies to us and the chemical makeup of Battles it’s just inexplicable."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of SoundB-[5]
NME6/10[6]
Pitchfork Media7.5/10[7]
Spin7/10[8]
AllMusic4/5[9]

La Di Da Di received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Battles.

No.TitleLength
1."The Yabba"6:49
2."Dot Net"2:59
3."FF Bada"4:25
4."Summer Simmer"5:49
5."Cacio e Pepe"2:41
6."Non-Violence"3:44
7."Dot Com"4:19
8."Tyne Wear"1:50
9."Tricentennial"2:56
10."Megatouch"5:23
11."Flora > Fauna"1:26
12."Luu Le"6:52
Total length:49:13
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
13."FFA Reprise"2:05
Total length:51:18

Personnel[edit]

Battles

Production

  • Battles – producer
  • Keith Souza – producer, mixer
  • Seth Manchester – producer, mixer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Dave Konopka – art direction
  • Warp Music – publisher

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 86
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 101
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[12] 97
Irish Albums (IRMA)[13] 97
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 57

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battles Share Second 'La Di Da Di' Single, 'FF Bada'". Spin. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Warp / Records / Releases / Battles /". Warp Records. 2015-07-16.
  3. ^ https://vanyaland.com/2015/09/30/interview-battles-dave-konopka-on-bostons-90s-scene-machines-with-magnets-and-rendering-vocals-insignificant/
  4. ^ a b "La Di Da DI – Battles". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Battles – La Di Da Di". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Battles - 'La Di Da Di'". NME. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Battles: La Di Da Di". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Review: Battles Lock Into Holding Patterns on 'La Di Da Di,' But Oh What Patterns". Spin. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/la-di-da-di-mw0002861528
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Battles – La Di Da Di" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Battles – La Di Da Di" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Battles – La Di Da Di" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  13. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 39, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 26, 2015.