RAT A TAT TAT [Audio CD] Jason Collett; Mike O'Brien; Afie Jurvanen; Bob Wiseman; Neil Quin; Rob Drake; Carlin Nicholson; Evan Cranley; Jeremy Little and Don Kerr
Rat A Tat Tat took shape in a dilapitated garage in Toronto's East End (owned by Carlin Nicholson of Zeus) during the summer of 2009. In this comfy hole in the wall, surrounded by clutter of vintage instruments and recording gear held together with shoe laces, gaffer tape and indefatigable optimism, Collett worked with the duo of Carlin Nicholson and Michael O'Brien. The pair comprise one half of Collett's labelmates, Zeus, whose members have performed as Collett's backing band since the 2005 release of his acclaimed Idols of Exile album. Nicholson and O'Brien recorded and produced Rat A Tat Tat, and the album was mixed by Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Jamie Lidell). Rat A Tat Tat is Collett's follow up to his widely praised 2008 release, Here's To Being Here. The album attributes to, and trumpets the energy, of an exciting and burgeoning creative arts scene Toronto, in which Jason Collett - highly regarded as a prolific songwriter and performer - finds himself at the very centre. Rat A Tat Tat shows Collett using the Canadian backdrop to further explore his roots as a national storyteller ("Lake Superior," "Winnipeg Winds," "High Summer"), and shows his knack for articulating the subtleties of human interactions and experiences ("Cold Blue Halo," "The Slowest Dance"). As well, he dives headfirst into the passions and struggles of relationships ("Rave On Sad Songs," "Love Is A Chain"). Rat A Tat Tat is a remarkable and honest example of a storyteller documenting and soundtracking his experiences and surroundings with distinct and precise ability.