Rats On Rafts announce new album ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’ out 29th January 2021

• Beautifully housed in deluxe fold out origami sleeve packaging

• LTD ‘Dinked Edition’ in origami sleeve and on dark green vinyl with bonus ‘Tokyo Music Experience’ 7” containing an exclusive b-side. LTD to 400

The third album from Dutch punk-laced noiseniks adds new maturity and a conceptual feel that pulls the extremes of their sound together. A psyche-fuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed.

Drinking in the sounds of Van Dyke Parks (Song Cycle) Scott Walker (3 & 4), Moondog (Elpmas), White Noise (An Electric Storm) and Beach Boys (Smile). It’s a musical melodrama: created in isolation – something we all know so well – a worldview shut out from the world.

‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’, with all its interlaced intricacies, is the realisation of their transition from punk-spiked-pop to psyche-pop protagonists.

Evolving, testing, infectious…

Following an inspiring journey touring Japan with Franz Ferdinand in 2018, Rats On Rafts’ David Fagan was hit by a worsening post-tour depression. Tokyo, and it’s people, made a huge and lasting impression on the Dutch punk band resulting in powerful lead single from their new album ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’ set for release on 29th January 2021.

New single ‘Tokyo Music Experience’ resonates with a conveyor belt-propelled modal guitar, reflecting the halcyon days of Japanese super-productivity; a mesmerising mantra, infected with news bulletin on-the-hour bleeps underlining its time-sensitive nature; a pristine super-commercial anthem to drive loyalty and reinforce solidarity with the party.

One evening I was working on a song and decided to do something else and the entire blueprint for the song just came out in one go; I immediately recorded a demo. As we continued working on the song I realised the entire force of energy I had been carrying around since our trip was channelled in the song; I could now turn it on and off by playing the song. Tokyo Music Experience is inspired by my impressions of Tokyo, so many things simultaneously seemed to reach out to you, I had never experienced that before

David Fagan, Rats On Rafts

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