Following today’s earlier news of Stephen Cole’s POSTMUSIC Indoor Toboggan Sessions, there really is no better time to talk about a.P.A.t.T. After all, the Liverpool collective just released their latest single, The Great Attractor.
For those unfamiliar, a brief summary: a.P.A.t.T. are an odyssey. Their beyond music madness has been a constant for the last three decades. A safe haven for all the beautiful weirdoes out there.
With the latest incarnation of the band including violinist Rachel Nicholas (a.k.a Ana Crusis), with The Great Attractor, the ever revolving cast of a.P.A.t.T. feels as together as they’ve ever been.
In all of its seven minutes and 50 seconds of glory, The Great Attractor starts with a creeping noise-rock-inspired ripple, gradually building with Private Dancer’s (a.k.a Time Harris) violin and Boss Dr-5’s sludgy bass lines, only for Cole (a.k.a General MIDI) to throw water over this sonic bonfire by producing the kind of riff that sounds like early fucking Queen!
It gets better (of course it bloody does, it’s a.P.A.t.T.!) with a playful futuristic soul funk march. With the lyrics “But now you’re old and you have no goals to unfold”, things hit home. Well, perhaps not for those of us who had no goals to begin with (guilty!).
After all these years, nothing really surprises us when it comes to a.P.A.t.T. Limitless in vision and eccentric histrionics, The Great Attractor is like a soundtrack to Robert Rankin’s steam-punk-era novels.
Those yet to delve into the warped peculiar world of a.P.A.t.T. might just want to start their journey right here, as The Great Attractor sees the band throwing all of their best bits together in what is yet another chapter of glorious madness.
The Great Attractor is out now. Purchase from Bandcamp.