Tyondai Braxton, 'Central Market' (Warp)

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by SPIN Staff

The progeny of legendarily convoluted jazz composer Anthony Braxton, Tyondai is known for adding a dash of looney tunes and loopy vocals to Battles' otherwise stoic post-rock. His third solo album is promoted as "new classical," but "J. City" sounds more like a grievous stab at alt-rock. Elsewhere, enervating helium vox, kazoos, electronics, and orchestral pomp riddle "Opening Bell" and "Platinum Rows." Throughout, both philharmonic and rock bombast squash the finer -- and more playful -- details.

LISTEN: Tyondai Braxton, "Platinum Rows"

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