The one-two gut punch of "Unapologetea" and "Forged Panoply" marks a distinctly new approach to Ratkiller's sound that emerged in early 2017. For both compositions, the funk and fat has been trimmed off in favor of atmosphere and a focus on worldbuilding. Both works juggle cryptic experimentations with narrative while making sense of the nonsensical.
"Unapologetea" evokes the feeling of being smothered to death by a cartoon while dreaming of a fantasy junkyard. "Forged Panoply" brings to mind John Hurt running up endless stairwells and the dense silence of a Bergman drama. Monday begins on Saturday, in true Strugatskian fashion, and Éric Chahi has programmed you into his latest live-streamed nightmare.
It's auditory speculative fiction with enough meanings between meanings to give Derrida a migraine. Luckily, through the foreboding sense of dread and fog, Ratkiller's sense of humor and whimsy remains intact.
released September 15, 2018
Compositions and Artwork by Mihkel Kleis
Design by Benjamin Van Howe
Recorded and assembled in Tallinn, Estonia from summer 2017 to winter 2018.
The spoken word excerpt featured in "Unapologetea Part 1" is from Victor Rosewrath's "Invictus/Tribes of the Underground". It was used with permission from the artist.