Boomkat Product Review:
Following the lo-swung mayhem of his 'Introducing’ salvo a few weeks back, Tom Boogizm’s Rat Heart takes off in a completely different direction for this brilliantly bruised followup. Gone are the skits and squashed percussive percolators, in come washed out chorus pedal guitar shimmers somewhere between The Durutti Column and Cocteau Twins' ‘Otterley’, wrapped up in the room-recorded/found sound haze of Bark Psychosis’ still untouchable Scum, as well as the messed up energy of classic Wolf Eyes. Yeah it’s not what we expected either, but f*ck it’s good.
Tapping deep into a vein of urban blooz, Rat Heart rouses the ghosts of The Durutti Column and countless Whalley Range loners in ‘Impressions 4 Guitar + Broken Tascam.’ Restricting himself to guitar, samples and FX, the two sides yield the scuzziest and most emotive heartsore strums we’ve heard this year, saturated by claggy air and crackling infidelities, feeling out a plangent, flatland sound that echoes the feel of life in the enchanted inner city suburb.
His first side greets with the uncanny sound of life at a distance with pealing harmonic partials, slowly sinking into a sort of lushly faded doldrums that aligns the high ceiling peal of Vini Reilly with the burned out feel of Demdike Stare & Jon Collins’ collabs, and also presents a sort of ‘Last Wigan Hero’ to James Ferraro’s ‘Last American Hero.’ The B-side only hits deeper, collapsing the high ceiling sound to ratty low life levels with murky chords cutting the clag like a kebab sword, before a guttural belch tilts it into totally blasted hypnagogia and, ultimately, a needling coda of skull scrape distress frequencies.
Our advice: don’t miss any Rat Heart gear, we’re telling ya.