"Rats is a concept album exploring different facets of this controversial animal as well as the life of the artist and his relationship with them: either by carrying it as a nickname, a pet or food for snakes, rats have always played a defining role in Rafael's life. The narrative comes alive through rock 'n roll ballads fused with hip-hop beats punctuated by psychedelic guitars, the lyrics mostly bilingual, mixing English and Portuguese in both spoken and singing form seem to almost emulate a journal of Rafael's encounters with Rats and its subsequent consequences - artistic or otherwise." - Rafael De Toledo
Rafael De Toledo states In his own words that "Fake Kingmaker shares a bilingual glimpse into the strange world of caregivers, game theory and small obsessions". Written, produced and recorded during his time as his mothers caregiver Rafa has created a body of work that envelops you in its mood. A smoky, beat filled syrupy gaze through the lens of an artist fighting mortality and the bitter contradictions that life has to give. 'Fake Kingmaker' would be comfortable as the soundtrack for a late night after hours comedown or as a surprise guest at your Berlin dinner party. Its claustrophobic atmosphere serves as a confessional of sorts, an earnest saloon stop at the crossroads of a true artist in every sense of the word. Rafa spits his poetic soothing vocal darts at the listener, accompanied by a brooding sound that envelops you in its ambition. We revel in its brilliance in spite of circumstance.
In Rafael De Toledo's words..
Our food supply, her morphine and all the game theories I spent hours reading about while I took care of her. This album is dedicated to her memory.
In his own words...
Sweet smell of degradation. Informação e Carne (Information and Meat) is a futuristic mood piece, an alternative hip-hop album, and an abstract neo-noir musical narrative. Diving within the filth of a dystopic metropolitan mindset. Rafael de Toledo brings a raw fusion of sounds blending hip-hop, synthwave, drone and punk music into eight nightmarish tracks filled with delusional and surreal characters, events and places that defy imagination.
Hailing from Ponta Grossa Brasil, Rafael is no stranger to the weird obscenities of daily life, producing the entirety of the project himself as a soundscape to the living filth he was once part of. Inspired by the likes of John Carpenter, Arrigo Barnabé and Phillip K. Dick, Rafael has been producing weird art for almost a decade, spanning from music to video installations.
Informação e Carne is a nostalgic look at the futuristic degradation that seems to be affecting us NOW.