Evan Mast (programming/various instruments) and Mike Stroud (guitar) make up Ratatat, a Brooklyn duo that shades the shape in the middle of the Venn diagram of dance, arena rock, hip-hop, and dub with nuanced and witty instrumental pop. With a sound musical footing, good songwriting, and a sly sense of humor, they construct playful, evocative instrumental pieces that are real songs with real catchiness, the perfect soundtrack for a drunken fog, acid trip, or even bill-paying. (Stoners, lushes, and people just high on America rack up hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits on their hilariously disturbing video clips.) Their wondrously... More >>>