Rats On Rafts – Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths //Fire Records// (Released 29th January)

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£24.99 – Dinked Edition #71

  • Dark green vinyl LP in deluxe origami sleeve *
  • Bonus 7” in origami sleeve with exclusive b-side *
  • Dinked OBI strip *
  • LTD to 400

“They’ve mapped out a whole new territory to explore.” The Quietus

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…

Tracklisting
Side A

1              Prologue: Rain

2              A Trail Of Wind And Fire

3              Second Born Child

4              Tokyo Music Experience

5              The Rise And Fall Of The Plague

6              Another Year

 

Side B

7              Fragments

8              The Disappearance Of Dr. Duplicate

9              Excerpt Taken From Chapter 3

10            Where Is My Dream?

11            Part One: The Long Drought

12            Part Two: Crossing The Desert

13            Epilogue: Big Poisonous Shadows

 

Bonus 7″: 1.        Tokyo Music Experience (Single Edit)

2.       Osaka

 

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Dinked Edition #71, Standard Black LP