Simmering ambient electronica inflected with jazz and modern classical modes is expected from Berlin-based trio To Rococo Rot. It’s what long-term admirers expect, and it’s delivered.
However, the brothers Lippok, on synths and guitars, bolstered by admirable bass courtesy of Stefan Schneider, are elevated on this eighth album by the collaborative vocals of Arto Lindsay, of pioneering new-wave band DNA. He faultlessly fits in, sharing the same dissonant intelligence and atonal artistry.
Thumping Mark Hollis-style piano and ominous scuttling backbeats add another satisfying touch to a recommended collection.
Words: Anna Wilson
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Listen to 'Instrument' in full via Deezer, below…