||Ratatat CD (2004)
Evan Mast music CDs Further blurring the boundaries between electronic music and rock, Ratatat's self-titled debut album mixes Evan Mast's fractured but propulsive beats and woozy analog synths with Mike Stroud's loud, yet somehow subtle, guitars. Come to think of it, "loud yet subtle" neatly sums up the instrumental duo's approach -- while their sound can pack a formidable punch, it's also atmospheric. Often, the duo is both aggressive and atmospheric within one song, as on the album's opening track, "Seventeen Years": It begins as a dancefloor stormer, with in-the-red guitars and keyboards and a beat that sounds like it's gasping for air, until an analog synth-driven breakdown turns it into something more moody and bedroom-bound. More laid-back than dance-punk but livelier than post-rock, Ratatat's shuffling rhythms and ...
||Classics CD (2006)
Evan Mast CD discography Recording information: Casa De Exitos, Brooklyn, NY (11/2003-03/2006); Pink Felt Studios, NY (11/2003-03/2006).
Ratatat: Evan Mast, Mike Stroud.
Personnel: Claire Bryant (cello); Young Churf (harpsichord).
Additional personnel: Young Churf, Claire Bryant.