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  • 1. Shiller
    2. Falcon Jab
    3. Mi Viejo
    4. Mirando
    5. Flynn
    6. Bird-Priest
    7. Shempi
    8. Imperials
    9. Dura
    10. Brule
    11. Mmtaz Khan
    12. Gipsy Threat
    13. Black Heroes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40353

  • Credits
    ProducerEvan Mast; Mike Stroud

    Recording information: Old Soul Studio, Catskill, NY.
    Brooklyn-based arch electro-rock hybridists Ratatat have continually pushed at the boundaries of guitar-based rock--incorporating elements of hip-hop, electro, and soundtrack music within their restlessly psychedelic productions. On the duo's third studio effort, the prosaically titled LP3, they venture even further afield from their previous guitar-driven efforts, combining baroque instrumentation and elements of world music with rugged hip-hop-influenced beats. Making full use of some decidedly vintage keyboards--a harpsichord, a mellotron, and a Wurlitzer--LP3 is marked by a cunning blend of artifice and naturalism, combining absurdly ornate keyboard lines with snatches of organic hand percussion. On the galloping "Falcon Jab," a reversed guitar weaves serpentine lines around a chicken-scratch guitar and disco strings--suggesting gypsy-funk as scored by Ennio Morricone. The spaghetti-western theme continues on "Mi Viejo," a dusty tabla-driven number punctuated by swirls of shimmering harpsichords.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.106) - 3.5 stars out 5 -- "Guitarist Mike Stroud and multi-instrumentalist Evan Mast give their subtly textured, rockist electronica a more festive, uplifting mood on the duo's third album."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "[T]he instrumental duo layer an eclectic batch of sounds -- Latin guitars and thumping tablas on 'Mi Viejo,' shimmering chimes and squealing synths on 'Mumtaz Khan' -- into their most dazzling patterns yet." -- Grade: A
    Q (Magazine) (p.140) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "LP3 is electronica with a playful, anything-goes ethos. The disco squelch and vocoder melodies of 'Falcon Jab' recall Discovery-era Daft Punk..."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.91) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[They] play instrumental rock propelled by a Nintendo-style tapesty of blips and blurbles....They also have an almost-Baroque sense of melody and counterpoint..."
    URB (Magazine) (p.87) - "Guitarist Mike Stroud shines like always, with dark, memorable melodies floating throughout each track."
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