For me, music is more than just art. Music is more of a force, able to stir one's emotions, awaken one's senses, and unite people under a common denominator. It is an essential part to my life.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Recently, my good friend from Notre Dame told me about a band he had seen live on campus called Ratboy. Thinking I'd be into them, he sent me a link where I could download their stuff. I wasn't sure what to expect with a name like Ratboy, but upon listening I was (very) pleasantly surprised to have my headphones fill up with warm folk-inspired textures blanketed by Julia Steiner's stunning vocals. Over the course of 5 songs, Ratboy's self-titled EP, Ratboy, delivers some exceptionally soothing acoustic tracks as well as the ukulele-based "Down the River", a lazy Sunday jam that draws parallels to Noah and the Whale. Never boring or void of personality, the EP is a must listen. It's very impressive, especially considering the duo of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan (who met at Notre Dame) whipped everything up together on a whim. You would never guess it; they're fantastic songwriters, which is exemplified in "The Stanza". Steiner sings about having a history of loving the wrong guys, concedes to the fact that she's cursed with this problem, and uses people she studied in high school as a metaphor for her woes. Stalin? Yeah, love that guy. Marx? Yeah, he had pretty eyes. In between each admittance, we're given a burst of heavy strumming and drum pounding, helping to build the tension until the chorus explodes into a wonderful harmony. And at the end? The narrator is now in college, and someone tells her she has pretty eyes. It's a great anecdote, carried with the help of Steiner's magnificent voice. You can have a listen to it below, and be sure to visit their Bandcamp for a free download of the Ratboy EP. They also have a Facebook page. Check it!