Underneath the above photo on the NPR website, the credit says, “courtesy of the artist.” Yeah, no kidding. Ain’t no one else to get light shooting directly into Ratatat‘s eyes while still making sure their cornstalk locks have the right flow. Not that you should think they’re vain, it’s just that they’ve got a keen eye for detail. The duo, collaborators with all from Kansas hippie White Flight to heavy-lidded rapper Kid Cudi, have a new album out of their glitchy rock, here illustrated with long strokes of an orchestra, baby taiko drums and a general attitude of uplifting achievement. The old man speaking German makes their gold link necklaces seem less ostentatious by comparison.
Stream: Ratatat, LP4