Ratatosk makes intimate folk music that sits in a haze: sometimes, the haze takes over the songs, drawing them out into the atmosphere. Detachment is served as a hand-assembled package that includes the CDr, a download code for a whole extra 6 track EP, and a flurry of beautiful bonuses including a ‘boat fact card’. Self-released.
5/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 September 2015
Oh God my ears. There’s some Cilla Black soundalike on in the other room so I’ve got a soft headphone against my ear in the hope that they can be saved. The opening track here is a pleasant folk offering recorded in that modern day style of pushing the faders way into the red. Alas this ‘quiet’ music proves too distracting and you just wish it had been recorded properly - the track then descends into a noise whiteout which is unexpected but fine.
By the time track two rolls around it’s clear I’m having big problems with the production ‘style’. I don’t mind distorted stuff, I don’t mind effects being placed onto tracks to create a bit of murkiness but in my opinion this record would sound better with a cleaner recording style. It isn’t even Grouper-style murk -- it sounds like clipped distortion to me and it’s hi-endedness causes real problems to the sensitive listener. It’s a shame because the finger picking is lovely and the songs show real promise but this is actually doing more damage to my ears than fake Cilla in the other room. Did John Fahey need to distort everything? No. I’d really like to hear the non treated version.
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