RATATAT, (whose wikipedia page helpfully informs us are “not to confused with Rattata”, the Pokemon) are a Brooklynite duo who bring grooves to their listeners via mostly instrumental, predominantly electronic means. With Magnifique, they throw more guitar into the mix than we have come to expect from the last few records. On Because Music.
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I never really forgive the members of Ratatat for breaking up their previous outfit E*vax who made a startlingly original electronic record or two way back when. Ratatat do the same thing across this record and at times it is hugely enjoyable.
They have a distinctive sound - something that is akin to Queen's Brian May joining Daft Punk. They create futuristic and fuzzy guitar instrumentals that are neat little things all told. Quite perky. At times it launches itself straight over your head but when it comes together as on ‘Cream On Chrome’ or the excellent ‘Abrasive’ you wonder why no-one else makes music like this. Imagine an Allman Brothers in robot suits and you are somewhere close. Twin guitars play highly contagious melodies around clipped drum machines. It’s laugh out loud funny at times. I don’t even think ‘Pricks of Brightness’ itself knows exactly where it’s going - it chases its tail, heads down several blind alleys but when it comes together it’s kind of like Yes produced by Kraftwerk.
You may like Ratatat, you may hate them but you can’t say that they aren’t original.
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