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Interview:
Prolific sessions yielded new Ratatat album
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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The two members of the New York electronic rock group Ratatat didn’t have to look hard for material for their new “LP4.”

They were able to plunder the leftovers from “LP3.”

“It had a lot to do with the environment we were in,” says Mike Stroud, who formed Ratatat in 2001 with fellow Skidmore College student Evan Mast, discussing the largess from recording sessions at a house in upstate New York.

“We were in the most boring town on earth; by far the most exciting thing was the supermarket. So all we had to do, really, was work. And once we had an album’s worth (of songs), it was like there was no pressure, and we still had a bunch of time left, so we just kept going. We were really, really in the zone.”

Stroud and Mast — who also collaborated with Kid Cudi on his 2009 album “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” — did return to the house to finish the “LP4” songs, and Stroud is quick to point out that it’s not merely a rehash of what the duo did on “LP3.”

“It’s a less organic sounding record, I think, than ‘LP3,’ just because we wanted it to sound different,” Stroud, 30, explains. “Every day we were just trying to find a different kind of sounds. Our writing was much more improvisational. We’d just kind of press record and play whatever we could think of and try to work it into a song.”



Ratatat, Dom and Bobby Birdman perform Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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