Ratatat - Ratatat
Label: XL Recordings – XLLP 172
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Recorded between july 2001 & may 2003 in
Chateau Du Musique Brooklyn, NY.
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Electro, Indie Rock
A1 Seventeen Years
A2 El Pico
A4 Desert Eagle
B1 Breaking Away
B3 Germany To Germany
B4 Spanish Armada
all tracks by Evan Mast and Mike Stroud.
This is my favorite album of 2004,'
Ratatat will most likely appeal only to those who are fans of post-rock, downtempo, and other ambient music forms.
For those that are still reading, I can't recommend this album enough. Ratatat is made of two incredibly talented musicians; Mike Stroud and Evan Mast (the former of the downtempo group "E*Vax"). Anyone familiar with E*Vax may have thought their album lacking in melodic content. Ratatat takes Mast's prowess in beats, keyboards and programming and adds the melodic genius of Stroud's guitar playing.
The music has been compared to many different groups, so allow me to offer one more comparison. Think of The Album Leaf with flashier beats, less "real" (or unfiltered) instruments, and electric guitar instead of acoustic. The beats and basslines are almost always programmed and tend to use a bit of a videogame sound. On top of this is an electric guitar run through so many filters you can't always recognize it; and it is playing some of the most beautiful melodies I've heard in a while.
The coup de grace with Ratatat is their song writing ability. This duo does not fall into the ambience trend of redundant soundscapes or just adding in new loops every 8 bars. The melodies have verses, bridges and refrains and will throw you off with tempo changes, dynamics, and one of the most anticipation-inducing build ups in music history.
The first song is a little decieving though. It starts with incredible energy and a dance floor feel until about 2 and a half minutes in. It then subdues itself into a feel more fit for the remainder of the album. The album ends on the most beautiful downtempo song I've found to date. Yes it's redundant in the beginning but the build up is amazing and the anticipation before the climax is staggering. The peak of the song sounds like the musical incarnation of a state of Nirvana.
Ratatat - Seventeen Years
In this video it shows how industrialism is devouring our natural living system. We are slowly making our own down fall. For industrialism to go hand in hand with nature seems quite unlikely.
Anyway. I really enjoyed the video. I only recently heard of Ratatat and fell in love with it's sound.
Ratatat - Cherry
Its an awesome song, so mellow and refreshing..
Ratatat - Crips