Ratatat - LP4
Label: XL Recordings – XLLP465
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Comes in gatefold sleeve. Contains download code for the free MP3 album download.
Country: UK & US
Released: 08 Jun 2010
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Electro, Indie Rock, Experimental
A1 Bilar 4:14
A2 Drugs 4:55
A3 Neckbrace 4:06
A4 We Can't Be Stopped 2:10
A5 Bob Gandhi 4:01
A6 Mandy 3:42
B1 Mahalo 2:00
B2 Party With Children 2:58
B3 Sunblocks 3:42
B4 Bare Feast 2:38
B5 Grape Juice City 3:56
B6 Alps 4:21
Recorded At – Old Soul Studios
Recorded At – The Looking Glass Studios
Mixed At – Trout Studios
Mastered At – The Exchange
Phonographic Copyright (p) – XL Recordings Ltd.
Copyright (c) – XL Recordings Ltd.
Cello – Brian Snow, Clarice Jensen
Engineer – Dan Bora
Mastered By – Nilz, Simon
Narrator [Additional] – Linda Manz
Producer, Written-By – Evan Mast, Mike Stroud
Viola – Nadia Sirota
Violin – Brittany Boulding
The title is sometimes subtitled with: "Let your bird eat its beak"
Recorded at Old Soul.
Strings recorded at Looking Glass
Mixed at Trout.
Mastered at the Exchange.
Linda Manz spoken word sample taken from the movie "Days Of Heaven" courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Bruno S. spoken word sample taken from the movie "Stroszek" courtesy of Werner Herzog Film GmbH.
XL Recordings Ltd
© XL Recordings Ltd
The durations are not printed on the release.
While many of these songs were recorded during the same session that produced LP3, the two years of re-working the songs has produced a new sound that is noticeably different than LP3, while still keeping the distinct Ratatat flavor. The pure genius of multi-instrumentalist and producer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud shines with this new album, keeping the listener regardless of the times played.
For an instrumental album, composed and performed by two guys with a synthesizer and a guitar (with a couple engaging sound bites to mix-up the landscape), LP4 is another impressive outing by Ratatat.
How to describe the music on this album?
At times, it reminds me (in a good way) of one of those slick, 70's session player albums that Jeff Beck or Boz Scaggs put out. The sound is bright and poppy, the melodies are non-stop, and there is so much going on in each song- in this case, such a wide-variety of synthesized yet enjoyable sounds- that the lack of vocals never gets dull or repetitive. Every song sounds like Ratatat, yet hints at other genres and/or artists in respectful ways. "Neckbrace" sounds like one of the aforementioned '70s tracks, driven by some funk inspired bass.
"We Can't Be Stopped" sounds like an Elton John ballad, one of the wonderfully overproduced ones from the '70s. "Bare Feast" dabbles in middle-eastern flavors and would not be out of place on an M.I.A. album, while "Bob Gandhi" can't decide if it belongs on a Talking Heads or TV On the Radio release. Song after song, Ratatat produce their own versions of musical ideas indulged more in depth by other artists without coming across as merely playing lip service.
This is not their best effort, either in terms of consistency of tracks or in terms of staking out new territory. It is, however, undeniably Ratatat, which is original enough to make this electro-pop, percussion driven, synthesizer celebrating release a worthy purchase.
RATATAT - Sunblocks
Ratatat - Grape Juice City
(Live at Coachella 2011)
RATATAT - Neckbrace
Ratatat - Mahalo