Last week I had The Moon Is Big on the turntable again, the 2011 debut album by Rats On Rafts. Still a good one, but what a development the Rotterdam post-punks have gone through since then, if you compare it with their new, self-produced third LP (or actually their fourth, if you also count the collaboration with De Kift, and why shouldn’t we). Not only the album title is more complex, the music is also a lot richer and more varied; it adds new maturity and a conceptual feel that pulls the extremes of their sound together. You will hear influences from a tour through Japan, but a listen is a journey in itself, a thrilling psyche-fueled journey with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and cacophonous reverb-drenched sound. I advise you to experience the album as a trip from start to finish, but the video below for the track A Trail Of Wind And Fire gives you a taste of what to expect.
Out now through Fire Records and (own label) Kurious Recordings.