Ratatat, Past and Future
It seems Ratatat are getting ready to follow up their 2006 sophomore release Classics, which I thought was leaps and bounds above their debut self-titled, and certainly one of my favorites from that year, if not this decade. Two weeks ago they released the single Shiller, whose A-side you can listen to here. Both tracks are creepy and less beat-driven than their recent stuff, for sure, and I’m glad to see them reaching again this time around. “Shiller” will be featured on their forthcoming LP, LP3, which Evan Mast describes as being “wildly different than anything we’ve done” as well as “by far the best album we’ve ever made,” in this interview with Audiojunkies. Hey that sounds promising doesn’t it.
To supplement this track are two oldies; the first is “What We Meant,” from Evan’s solo outing, Parking Lot Music, which he released under the name E*Vax in 2001 on his own Audio Dregs imprint. Have fun browsing the Wayback Machine’s archives for E*Vax, Cherry, and Ratatat, notably Cherry’s first two websites, the parts where Evan announces his new band, and where Cherry change their name to Ratatat on September 15, 2003.
Oh yeah, and the third track I’m including is from 9 Beats, a mysterious 2006 bootleg about which little is known, but which was seemingly first reported by i guess im floating, and whose story remains at bittersweet being, and which Wikipedia reports as having been used in a CSI episode.
And finally, the cover art to LP3, scheduled for a July 8 release date: