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Rattlerette – “Time to Weigh In” // Art: Stefari

Rattlerette are back with their signature concoction of retro aesthetics and timeless alternative rock sounds with modern pop, electronic music and experimental ideas. They take cues from groups such as Glass Animals or Arctic Monkeys, but they do not disdain a catchy pop hook, echoing the work of famed performers such as Maroon 5 or The Kooks. “Time To Weigh In” is a very direct song, with a simple, yet phenomenal arrangement. I love the tremolo guitar chords, adding a sense of suspended space to the mix. The piano parts are clean and direct, seamlessly adding texture, while enriching the melodic concept of the song. The drums are solid and steady, offering the perfect settings for everything else. The lead vocals are loaded with charisma, and the fact that the lyrics are actually intriguing and interesting certainly helps, keeping the song engaging, not only for its musicality, but also for its content.

VINYL MOON Volume 029: Marrow Siren

We’re happy to unveil the latest release from VINYL MOON, a unique record club that takes exciting new musical artists and visual artists each month to create a one-of-a-kind record with original, deluxe art and your new favorite songs, all in one package.

Volume 029: Marrow Siren will lure you in with psychedelic coral and skeletal figures in the light. But its real surprise is in the crushing dark, where the three specters on the front, back, and gatefold from the jacket glow with eerie light. Paired with a custom tarot card and deep-sea translucent blue vinyl with kelp marbling, the whole thing is a testament to the skills of visual artist Marcos Navarro.

If you’re feeling lost in the depths, TBE favorites including Rattlerette, Loyal Lobos, and Psymon Spine will help pull you out. Then we guarantee you’ll want to take a deep breath

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[PREMIERE] Rattlerette – “Here Be Dragons”

 

There’s a lot of things that Rattlerette sounds like, but there’s nothing that sounds like Rattlerette. Their brand of rock feels gothic without being “goth”, more reminiscent of glaring statues and dramatic arches than graveyards and black eyeliner. There’s a gorgeous vintage lushness to their recording, as demonstrated by the retro record header used in their artwork. But “Here Be Dragons” also feels distinctly of the now – a feat difficult for an indie rock song to achieve in 2017. The drums are all R&B shuffle, and but the rhythm is really pushed by the flow of the bass and the synth swells that gently lean you forward like a dance partner who knows how to lead. Angelic piano and the choruses’ backing choir may set your mind heavenward, but lyrics like “I’ve been livin’ with the sinners” and “I’ve been searchin’ for grace” make the song aimed at the impious. “Here Be Dragons” may not save your soul, but it will fill it to the brim.

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[DEBUT] Rattlerette – “In The Black” // Ian Francis

 

Opening with a warning swell and the line “Tired of worrying about the future”, Rattlerette have penned a biting commentary on those who profit from the ceaseless grind of those laboring in the middle. The song is driven by bright piano chords and a tense bassline that underpin the sharp swing of the drumkit, but it’s the menacing guitar in the chorus that really gives the song its anthemic, we’re-not-gonna-take-it quality. As more voices join in on the rallying lyrics – “If I don’t stand, I’ll fall back” – you realize you’ve begun pumping your fist for more than the rhythm of the song.

If this debut track from Rattlerette has you half as excited for them as we are then you’ll be pleased to know there are more (killer) jams coming very soon…

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