Rat Wakes Red : Dizzy on Daddy
CD Rat Disk 2001


Het is herfst, de bladeren vallen, de nachten worden langer. Druilerig en winderig weer maken de weg klaar voor de koude die zal komen. Vaag herinneren we ons nog de betere tijden, maar eerst moet de winter nog komen voor die kunnen terugkeren. Rat Wakes Red maakt muziek die perfect past voor deze dagen. Buiten is het koud, en winderig, binnen verwarmt de muziek ons, maar beurt ons niet op. We blijven eenzaam, gedeprimeerd en opgesloten.
Rat Wakes red is James Raftery (vocals, guitar, keyboard and sounds) begeleid door Jeral Benjamin op de viool. Hij combineert de stem van Elliott Smith, het tokkelende gitaarspel van Nick Drake en het deprimerende gothic gevoel van In Gowan Ring. Rustige melodieuze luisterliedjes dus, die uitblinken in samenzang en harmonie. Maar de productie is net iets te klef, geen seconde wordt er ons rust gegund. Viool, gitaar keyboard en vooral de stem zeuren net iets te hard door. Ergens in de bio staat er te lezen Jeral first heard Rat Wakes Red as a condenser-miked one-track cheapie made in James' living room. She's been hooked ever since. Ik had Rat Wakes Red ook liever op die manier gehoord.

It is autumn, the leaves are falling, the nights becomes darker. Rainy and windy weather tells us that winter is on his way. The smell of summer is still in the air, but the winter still has to come before summer will return. Rat Wakes Red makes music for autumn evenings. Outside it is cold and windy. Inside we have the music to warm our body, but not our inner-self. Still we feel lonely, depressed and prisoned.
Rat Wakes red is James Raftery (vocals, guitar, keyboard and sounds) with Jeral Benjamin (violin). James combines the voice of Ellioth Smith, the fingerpicking guitar of Nick Drake with the depressed gothic feeling of In gowan Ring. Gentle melodic listenig music which strikes for the multilayered harmonics. But the production is a little bit to full. They gave us no rest at all: violin, guitar, keyboards and mostly the voice transcend to a pathetic smoothness. Somewhere in the bio we can read : Jeral first heard Rat Wakes Red as a condenser-miked one-track cheapie made in James' living room. She's been hooked ever since. I think I would like Rat wakes rat also more in that way.


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