Friday Choon: ‘Atlas’ by Battles

Simply brilliant.

‘People won’t be people when they hear this sound
That’s been glowing in the dark at the edge of town
People won’t be people, no
The people won’t be people when they hear this sound
Won’t you show me what begins at the edge of town
The singer is a crook
The singer is a crook
The singer is a crook
The singer is a crook
The kitchen is the cook
The scissors are the barbers
The singer is a crook
The chorus, full of actors
The chorus doesn’t matter (last verse)’
Battles Myspace

Damien DeBarra was born in the late 20th century and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He now lives in London, England where he shares a house with four laptops, three bikes and a large collection of chairs.


  1. Recently there’s been a guy DJing cassettes at our bar. His friends actually tape stuff onto cassette, giving all the music a noticeably different sound. This song in particular sounds fantastic this way.

  2. I often feel the same way about vinyl – there’s a certain warmth to it you don’t get with digital.

  3. Well, things are mastered differently for vinyl than CD. Beware of vinyl releases where the recording was only mastered for CD, and vice versa. Anyway, with cassette there’s actually a drop in sound quality, and the pitching will always vary depending on the speed at which the tape goes round (meaning that the speed of the music can vary from tape machine to tape machine, something I experienced many times when I had a cassette collection). Losing a lot of the digital quality of the Battles track makes it sound much more punk/new wave. The drums and bass are more… thundery!

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