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Stream RATATAT’s new album Magnifique

Thomas Bellflower July 13, 2015


Summer Festival Dates And Fall Tour Confirmed

Wax Poetics Cover Story And Genius Annotations For Magnifique


Today via NPR’s First Listen you can stream RATATAT’s 5th studio album Magnifique, out July 17 on XL Recordings.  The 14-track album includes the recently released singles “Cream On Chrome,” “Abrasive,” and “Nightclub Amnesia,” and sees the duo returning to their core guitar-driven sound.  For a more in-depth look into the making of Magnifique’s songs, visit Genius for track-by-track annotations written by RATATAT.  In support of Magnifique, RATATAT will headline Capital Hill Block Party and HARD Summer Music Festival plus head out on a full North American tour this September (full list of dates below).

Listen to Magifique here:

Genius track-by-track here:

RATATAT are the current cover stars of Wax Poetics Issue 62.  For the piece writer Allen Thayer took an in-depth look at the unmatched success of the duo’s signature brand of electronic-rock-instrumental music.  Some excerpts from the story:

“”I think maybe we’d be bigger if we had a singer or something,” says Evan after a bit of prodding. “If we found the right person to do it. But I don’t think the songs would have the same staying power. I think there’s something pure about it being instrumental. It’s just good melodies…You get tired of lyrics. Melodies have more staying power.”  Nearly fifteen years on, Ratatat’s staying power as a purely instrumental act is unparalleled.”

“For some reason I can’t get Wyld Stallyns out of my head. You know…the fictional buddy band from the 1989 film Bil & Ted’s Excellent Adventure whose music healed humanity with its epic guitar solos and radical rocking. Ratatat is everything Wyld Stallyns’ music promised to be: futuristic, universal, guitar-heavy, epic, humerous and human. Despite a backstory that’s more Rushmore then Holy Mountain, as Mike and Evan would prefer you to believe, these two skinny, White, thirty-something art-school kids are producing melody-rich, genre-twisting songs that are shaping and influencing contemporary pop music from Björk to Jay Z – and some would say Kayne. Anyone can be influential for a minute, but Ratatat basically invented (or revived) a genre and continues to own this lane of accessible forward-thinking pop music.”

The duo will play to a sold-out crowd at NYC’s Webster Hall on album release day before they set out to headline Capital Hill Block Party in Seatltle on July 28 and HARD Summer Music Festival in Los Angeles on August 2. RATATAT will return in September for a full North American tour.  Consequence of Sound reviewed the band’s April come-back show in Pomona noting: “fans’ rabid reaction thought this performance spoke volumes about the outfit’s perhaps underrated impact and popularity…their 75-minute set was nothing less than explosive from beginning to end.” 

RATATAT on tour:

July 17           New York, NY             Webster Hall *Sold Out

July 26           Seattle, WA                 Capital Hill Block Party

July 27           Vancouver, BC           Vogue Theatre

July 29           Portland, OR              Roseland Theatre

July 30           Boise, ID                     Knitting Factory

July 31            San Francisco, CA      The Regency Ballroom

Aug 2              Pomona, CA                HARD Summer Music Festival

Sept 1             Montreal, QC              Metropolis

Sept 2             Toronto, ON               Sound Academy

Sept 3             Niagara Falls, NY       Rapids Theatre

Sept 4             Columbus, OH            The LC Indoor Pavilion

Sept 5             Detroit, MI                  The Fillmore

Sept 6             Grand Rapids, MI      Intersection

Sept 8             Chicago, IL                  Riviera Theater

Sept 9             St. Louis, MO              Pageant Theater

Sept 10           Kansas City, MO        Uptown Theater

Sept 11           Madison, WI               Orpheum Theater

Sept 12           Minneapolis, MN       First Avenue

Sept 18-20     San Francisco, CA      TBD Festival

Oct 31             Paris, FR                     Pitchfork Festival

Nov 20-22      Mexico City, MX         Corona Capital Festival

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