Release Date: Jan 29, 2021
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
The third album by Dutch post-punk weirdos Rats on Rafts is partially inspired by the band's 2018 tour of Japan, performing in arenas opening for Franz Ferdinand. Expanding on their previous record's textural noise-rock sound, the long-in-the-making, extravagantly titled Excerpts from Chapter 3: The Mind Runs a Net of Rabbit Paths is an ambitious quasi-opera pulling from Krautrock, psychedelia, and avant-garde pop in the vein of Van Dyke Parks and Scott Walker. Threaded throughout the songs are sound effects representing the elements, ranted narratives, and dreamlike interludes.
It's too much of a throwaway line to say that with their third longplayer, Chapter 3 - The Mind Runs A Net of Rabbit Paths, it feels like Rats on Rafts have never been away. It's not really the case, either. Still; this new record does suggest that David Fagan and co have turned up again on your doorstep unannounced, demanding to be let back in, whether you like it or not.