Ratkiller’s newest musical riddle “Threnody to Smaug” – originally issued on a split tape with Danshoku Dino and limited to only ten copies – found it’s home at Serious Serious. Available both digitally and as limited tape edition.
The sense of worn-out psychedelia in Ratkiller’s music as well as his obsessions with all kinds of obscurities might ring many bells in listener’s imagination, but it is foremost the playful dialogue between “zeitgeist” and “obsolete”, the constant shifting of forms and their meanings, that leaves us wonder – how does something so unimportant and unsexy ends up being so stimulating and cool?
Mihkel Kleis (aka Ratkiller, Edasi, and most recently Court Rat) has been releasing music under numerous underground labels since late 90’s, witnessing and shaping the forming of Estonian experimental music scene, all of this while maintaining his distinctive and somewhat obviously unexpected approach.
released November 28, 2018
Recorded in Spring 2018, Tallinn, Estonia
Artwork by Mihkel Kleis
Mastered by Artyom Astrov
Tape edition manufactured at Vinylplant, Tartu, Estonia
Limited to 50 copies
supported by 4 fans who also own “Threnody to Smaug”
I was just reading about a study that listeners like atonal/12 tone music more if it featured repetition and loops, and this odd release just happens to explore this idea on the A-side. However, the B-side also features a lovely acoustic guitar work near the end that starts sunny then starts to get more twilight and alienating. A solid release for the adventurous. Ted Mills