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Ratatat – LP4 [Album Review]

August 1, 2011

This is an older piece I wrote for True To Sound but why not put it up here again. It’s in the style of a more detailed track-by-track analysis…it might look like a boring piece to read but it certainly wasn’t tough writing – I could listen to LP4 over and over again. Anyway if you don’t like reading and maybe have the patience of a 12-year old I’d suggest just go and listen to this album if you already haven’t! Check it out here

LP4 is yet again an intriguing production by a band that has continued to experiment and push the boundaries of musical delivery. Ratatat (consisting of New Yorkers Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) combine subtle motifs with heavy guitar riffs, slow strings with heavy synth and fast paced electro, in an eclectic yet refreshing creation. These musicians have an amazing attention to detail that serves to create a well-produced “long-play”, rather than simply a collection of tracks arbitrarily grouped together. The coherence between the tracks creates a delicate and intricate album. Tranquil yet exciting, powerful yet subtle, the tracks on LP4 combine beautifully as a whole, and within each track itself. The articulate nature of the production shows through and makes listening simple and easy.

LP4 begins solidly, dropping low and deep in the first track Bilar, continually bouncing back up to a curious start. One of the motifs of LP4 is set up in Bilar and continues throughout the album, tying together the individual tracks. In particular, the opening and finishing tracks, Bilar and Alps respectively, are quite similar, and this ties the tracks together.

LP4 doesn’t stray wildly, rather, it moves forward with a respectable sense of swagger and confidence; a willingness to do its own thing while not looking around to see what everyone else is doing.

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