Thursday, 10 August 2017

Review - Rat & Co - Third Law

Rat & Co – Third Law (Smooch Records)

25 August 2017

Out Now

8 / 10

Australian electro trio release their third album. 

Hailing from Melbourne, Rat & Co release their much anticipated third album aptly entitled Third Law.  It’s an interesting mix of electro, ambient and hip-hop dance beats and sits somewhere in the void between Public Service Broadcasting and O.M.D. with its wonderfully chosen soundbytes and perfectly placed melodies.

Following the band’s first two albums, One Uno Ein and Binary was always going to be a difficult thing to do.   Both albums were highly praised and the prospect of repeating the feat must surely have been a daunting one.  Thankfully Rat & Co have succeeded and produced one of the most fulfilling and successful albums of the year.  Opening with the voice synthesized overture that is A Place Called Home the atmosphere of the album begins to be laid into place as the sounds of exotic birds co-exists in the background.

The following track, A.I. could quite easily have nestled into the soundtrack of TV mini drama Fortitude.  It is both haunting and progressive and contains some effects that are capable of sending a chill up your spine, with some Eastern sounding effects and looped, undecipherable vocoder recordings it is a fine piece.

Third Law is not without its surprises, after two (in reality) instrumentals, the breathy vocals of Liahona add to Soldiers and the album takes an unexpected, if not cleverly thought out turn. It drifts along comfortably and satisfyingly with some lovely bass throbs and atmospheric interludes. Rumble has a drum ‘n’ bass feel again with some great bass lines and I’m Not Dead borders on trip-hop with faint voices pushed right to the back of the mix. 

Noslo again features inserted library sounds with a synthesized version of the well-known song Daisy Bell (Bicycle Made For Two) and explanatory diction describing the potential of electro intervention and Nerd Lock seamlessly follows gradually upping the tempo.  By the time Control enters the fray Third Law is a special album, a talented trio not scared to experiment but doing so with a commercial aspect also in mind.  A thoroughly enjoyable album with enough twists and turns to please everyone from indie pop lover through to ambient fiend.

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