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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ratatat - Mirando

Ratatat will be releasing their fourth album LP4 in May and I am looking for to it. They play a mix of guitar and 8-nit sounding electronic/synth. They are one of biggest names in a burgeoning genre called Electronic rock. I say burgeoning, but there has been electronic rock since the 60s.

The genre has morph quite a bit throughout the years. From the early days when it was basically the rock with a moog to the growth of the synth in the 70s to the 80s. In the 90s it was more dark and brooding, ala Nine Inch Nails and Chemical Brothers.

Ratatat represents a new generation with Crystal Castles, HEALTH, and a bunch of 8-bit bands like Anamanaguchi. The focus is on using simpler, blockier electronic sounds reminiscent of MIDI music used on old gaming console (Nintendo, Sega, Atari). The music is primarily post-rock and usually lyric-less.

Ratatat does something cool with video in their live show. They project scenes from old movies and psychedelic images manipulated and spliced to go with the songs. I believe this music video is the same video they use when they play the song live. So this is really a little slice of their live show.

Its a throwback video to go with their throwback sounding song. Ratatat uses cheesy explosion scenes that move with the beat from the movie Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even cooler, it features Predator-vision! Share/Bookmark

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