Battles, the acclaimed New York-based experimental post-rock supergroup, has lost a soldier.
Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Tyondai Braxton has left the band in advance of Battles' upcoming sophomore album, the still-unnamed anticipated follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. Braxton released an orchestral solo album, Central Market, last year, which featured his trademark loop composition.
Warp Records released the following statement this morning:
"Battles and Tyondai would like to let their fans know they have chosen to follow their own musical paths.
Due to Battles' ambitions of finishing their second studio album followed by commitments to a full touring schedule in 2011, and Tyondai's own commitments as a solo artist and his desire not to tour, both Battles and Tyondai have decided to move on without each other.
It is a sad but amicable split. Battles wishes Tyondai all the best."
According to reports, all scheduled Battles shows have been canceled. The band is survived by Ian Williams, John Stanier and Dave Konopka.