‘A Trail Of Wind And Fire’ is the new single from Rats On Rafts’ new album ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’ released on 29th January 2021.
A psyche-fuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed.
The third chapter refers to the last five years that Rats On Rafts have spent creating their “difficult” third album.
Each song spins a yarn; there are plagues, dreams, wind and fire, ‘mythical’ characters, and the search for the secret government warehouse.
It’s a musical melodrama: created in isolation – something we all know so well – a worldview shut out from the world.
‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’, with all its interlaced intricacies, is the realisation of their transition from punk-spiked-pop to psyche-pop protagonists.
Evolving, testing, infectious…
“Next to the Film Noir movement and movies such as Le Cercle Rouge, the music video for A Trail Of Wind And Fire is heavily influenced by 1940s surrealism. We were inspired by video artist Maya Deren and her cinematic philosophy: she was interested in amateurism as an artform and the manipulation of reality in filmmaking, travelling through time and space. Guided by the song’s lyrics and Deren’s philosophy, we went to visit the house where this video is set. We let the location take the lead in our imagination and let the story evolve on set. During the editing process we also kept this experimental way of working going, associating images, timelines and music together without focussing on what ‘makes sense’ but instead focussing on the subconscious.” A Small Production Company
Photo credit: Jasmijn Slegh
“For this song we combined two songs we had been working on for a while. ‘Rain’ which refers to the Japanese guitars that start the song, that bit started out as an ambient piece and covers the entire song from start to end. ’A Trail Of Wind & Fire’ is the song that kicks later on. Rhythmically it was inspired by bands like Neu! & Hawkwind. The name of the song refers to the strong effect wind has on fire, it can make what starts out as a small fire turn into a big disaster once they team up.” David Fagan
• Beautifully housed in deluxe fold out origami sleeve packaging
• LTD ‘Dinked Edition’ in origami sleeve and on dark green vinyl with bonus ‘Tokyo Music Experience’ 7” containing an exclusive b-side. LTD to 400