Listen to Jason Collett's Rat A Tat Tat Now on Exclaim.ca

Listen to Jason Collett's <i>Rat A Tat Tat</i> Now on Exclaim.ca
After riding the acclaim of Here's to Being Here for more than two years, Toronto, ON crooner Jason Collett will return with new album Rat A Tat Tat and its accompanying EP, To Wit To Woo, on March 9. The full-length marks the fifth Broken Social Scene-less record for the prolific Arts & Crafts indie rocker, and to give you an advanced listen, Exclaim.ca will be streaming the release all week.

To listen to Rat A Tat Tat in its entirety click here.

On Collett's latest effort, he becomes the Tom Thomson of music, capturing the inimitably Canadian scenery in tracks like "Lake Superior" and "Winnipeg Winds." The father of three has found his paternal instinct extended to his new music, allowing it to take on unparalleled lively dimension that Collett explains by anthropomorphizing the songs into children.

"I try not to be an overbearing parent with my songs. I just try to give them all the support and encouragement they need to grow up and be whatever they want to be. I love them all no matter their orientation," Collett said in a statement.

Rat A Tat Tat and To Wit To Woo were produced over the course of last summer and fall in Toronto's east end with Zeus's Carlin Nicholson and Mike O'Brien. Given that, you can't help but wonder if the names of tracks like "Bitch City" and "High Summer" are little digs at the infamous garbage workers' strike and heat wave of 2009.

Bahamas and Zeus will be performing Collett's new material with him on their joint North American spring tour, Bonfire Ball. Their first stop is Canadian Music Week, but for a complete list of dates click here.

Jason Collett's Rat A Tat Tat will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until March 8.

Stay tuned for these future full album streams on Exclaim.ca:

Broken Bells March 9 to March 15,
The Weakerthans Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre March 16 to March 22
She & Him Volume 2 March 23 to March 29
GBH Perfume and Piss on March 30 to April 5