Recorded at the Palimpsest Festival in Cambridge in 2006, this is the Dead Rat Orchestra’s third live document. It finds them reconvening and rediscovering a new sense of purpose after a year apart. The set opens with hushed arctic atmospherics; a chorus emerging over the crackle of matches and foley snow, as the group draw heavily from their unreleased soundtrack to Robert Flaherty’s 1922 film Nanook of the North. This is brutally juxtaposed with an uproariously ramshackle hoedown and the hammering clock-chime gamelan of Mazurka.
Self-released on CDR in August 2006 and long out of print, Palimpsest Festival 2006 has been remastered and reissued as a limited edition glass-mastered CD in a reverse cardstock wallet, as part of a programme to make the Dead Rat Orchestra back-catalogue more widely available to a new audience. This CD is also available as part of the special offer Hopewell Sound Recordings three CD bundle.