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THE NORTHERN RATTLE
Weatherman ep 8"

a1: Weatherman
a2: - - - - - - - - -
a3: Sunshine In My Eyes
a4: OK = OK
b1: Low
b2: 8000 Souls
b3: - - - - - - - - -
b4: Instrumental Over Radar

REVIEWS

When I first laid eyes on this record by the Northern Rattle, I had no clue what to expect. For starters, the record itself is an eight inch piece of clear vinyl with what appears to be finger painting over the label on side A. The cover features a black and white picture of a building and aside from the band name, title, label logo (a skull), and track list, there is no information to speak of. In the final stages of guessing, I decided that once I dropped the stylus on the record, I’d be listening to a metal band (probably because of the skull), but I could not have been more wrong. The “Weatherman EP” is very similar aesthetically to some of the early Elephant 6 releases. By that, I mean that the recording sounds very lo-fi and even in a short amount of time, there are several instrumental interludes and odd bridges between songs. According to the track listing there are a total of eight tracks on the record, however, each side feels like one extended song. Musically, the Northern Rattle owes more to 60s garage and psychadelia than the retro pop of the Elephant 6 collective. The guitar and drum sound reminds me of this, in particular. A few of these tracks, particularly “Low” and “8000 Souls,” would not be at all out of place if they showed up on a Nuggets-style compilation. This is not to say that the band is overly derivative. In fact, because of their mesh of music and aesthetics, the band is able to channel its influences into something fresh, rather than sounding like a dull rehash. In the end, what excites me the most about the “Weatherman EP” is how much ground is covered in such a short amount of time. In terms of content, it really feels like listening to a full album, rather than an EP. With so many musical ideas, this record warrants repeat spins.
8/10 matt blackall; review from foxy digitalis

The "Weatherman" EP by The Northern Rattle (catalogue number LLL01 for you collector types) is a stroll into the past when the hippies paraded Ashbury Heights and folksongs were enshrouded with electric guitars and all kinds of then new effects, but still life was beautiful and harmony was to be found everywhere. Or at least that is how I understand the ode to sunshine that opens up the EP of this full band with Jeely on guitar, Mike Karadimos on bass and two other friends. One of them Brad Davis who also drums for Accelera Deck. It is all one big family. And if you are afraid of entering hippie-territory, then dig this: The Northern Rattle is also pop music. Being terribly distorted and the lathecut production doesn't really add to making the sound cleaner, but that way it sounds more fresh and current. Or like something evacuated from a bomb shelter that hasn't been reopened since the Sixties. Even the warbling effect of the not-vinyl adds a nice touch to the organ and guitar solo in the middle of "sunshine in my eyes". The mantra of "everything is okay" repeated over and over again sounds a little strange to ears that have grown up with no future and the cold war apocalypse right around the corner. Bordering on the eastern bloc as teenagers we awaited the nuclear war any day after tomorrow and thereby grew thick coats of cynicism and pragmatism which our parents and the younger generation don't seem to understand, but we also listened to our Psychedelic era compilations and records by Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and the like.A certain amount of happiness and sunshine should be good for everyone. This 8" definitely spreads some nice light.
georg @ cracked