A follow up to their earlier 2013 release "YR" which was in itself an instant fucking masterpiece. "Plutarch on the Moon" moves the band a modest & magnificent step in the direction of elevation and evolution & simultaneously mines it's members of every drop of talent.
The Yuck Ratz rhythm section are in top form on the EP. The bass work is astoundingly excellent, curving in and out of the tracks like a souped, up Satanic serpent. The drummer pounds through with Bonham-esque steepness and depth-charging along brigade style with jazz tones and raw power. The guitar is as close to Verlaine without going over and relishes it's fuzz-kink, pseudo emo-funk rhythms all the while showing restraint.
The vocals feel pasted on but not as a criticism-pasted on like an art project that begs to be examined and interpreted. The lyrics less important than the haunting melodies and expressive phrasing.
The Yuck Ratz have really done something special by creating Kansas City's 2013 Art-Rock masterpiece.
"Plutarch on the Moon" is easily one of the top five best releases to come out of KC in 2013. It's songs are masterfully written and performed.
This EP coupled with their earlier full-length album (a damn near perfect release) truly makes 2013; the year of the ratz.