Ratatat – Sunblocks

by MV

I fully admit that I’d bypassed New York duo Ratatat until this year. No idea why – partly perhaps to do with my general lack of interest in instrumental music, and partly because they have a silly name. Maybe mainly because of that, actually.

So, anyway, when I decided to give LP4 a listen, I pretty quickly figured out I’d been missing out. It’s very self-confident instrumental music, to the extent that it sounds almost pop (in sort of a 70s retro way, but not) yet you don’t miss the vocals. Gorgeous, delicate, hazy tunes, that feel like they should be soundtracking something pretty and summery. Or, you know, a bloke with a box on his head walking around a city. Either works.