Rats On Rafts
Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths
The third album from Dutch punk-laced noiseniks adds new maturity and a conceptual feel that pulls the extremes of their sound together.
A psyche-fuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed. The ‘third chapter’ refers to the last five years that the Dutch band have spent creating their “difficult” third album. Each song spins a yarn; there are plagues, dreams, wind and fire, ‘mythical’ characters, and the search for the secret government warehouse. Lead single, Tokyo Music Experience, resonates with a conveyor belt-propelled modal guitar, reflecting the halcyon days of Japanese super-productivity; a mesmerising mantra, infected with news bulletin on-the- hour bleeps underlining its time-sensitive nature; a pristine super-commercial anthem to drive loyalty and reinforce solidarity with the party! Having been described as creating “underground noise with a bracing, warped pop appeal” (Mojo), their new album is a coming-of-age post-classic with a unique worldview - inspired by Van Dyke Parks (Song Cycle) Scott Walker (3 & 4), Moondog (Elpmas), White Noise (An Electric Storm) and Beach Boys (Smile). If their previous effort (Tape Hiss) was their very own sketch of a sketch for an incomplete concept album, a noisy reaction to their previous life, then ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3..’, with all its interlaced intricacies, is the realisation of their transition from punk-spiked-pop to psyche-pop protagonists. Evolving, testing, infectious...
FOR FANS OF: Ought, Preoccupations, Parquet Courts, Liars, Protomartyr
“Rotterdam awkwardists churn underground noise with bracing warped pop appeal”- Mojo
“Often totally enveloped in a cacophony of noisy abrasions that transition from one track to the next.” AllMusic
"Rats On Rafts is a band that takes no prisoners and who plough their own distinctive furrow and for that they have to be congratulated” Louder Than War
"they've maped out a whole new territory to explore." the quietus
- Prologue: Rain
- A Trail Of Wind And Fire
- Second Born Child
- Tokyo Music Experience
- The Rise And Fall Of The Plague
- Another Year
- The Disappearance Of Dr. Duplicate
- Excerpt Taken From Chapter 3
- Where Is My Dream?
- Part One: The Long Drought
- Part Two: Crossing The Desert
- Epilogue: Big Poisonous Shadows
dinked bonus 7"
- Tokyo Music Experience (Single Edit)
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-Dark green vinyl LP*
-deluxe origami sleeve
-Bonus 7” in origami sleeve with exclusive b-side*
-Dinked OBI strip*
-download on postcard
-limited to 400 only*
*Exclusive to Dinked
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