Dark folk heroes ‘Dead Rat Orchestra' have released a record in a suitably ridiculous format, befitting of the wider Antigen Records back catalogue.
Culled from performances in Colchester, London and Milan, the two-disc audio/visual special edition of this album includes bonus “video” material, which can be viewed using the earliest recorded animation device - the phenakistoscope.
The phenakistoscope was invented by Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau in 1832, based on the work of Michael Faraday and Peter Mark Roget. It is a printed cardboard disc with images separated by radial slots and is spun by hand, using a pin as an axis. The viewer looks through the slots into a mirror and a stroboscopic effect creates the illusion of animation
This is the first Dead Rat Orchestra album to document the band’s long-held interest in traditional song, with a two mile swamp holler from North Carolina, a Spanish song of sewing arranged for violin, meat cleaver and wooden block and a harrowing tale of work experience gone bad among the album’s many highlights.
Purchases can be made at the usual Antigen Webstore.