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Ahead of the release of their new album Instrument and London show this coming Monday July 21st, To Rococo Rot reveal a new video, full album stream and add a free show at Rough Trade East to their UK trip.
One of the more hazily ruminative moments on Instrument, single ‘Classify’ exhibits the German trio’s first venture into songs with vocals, featuring DNA frontman Arto Lindsay, and was recently described by FACT Magazine as “a charming lullaby in waltz-time”.
In the new video to accompany the track, Orson Sieverding and Pola Sieverding teamed up and, taking the song’s title as a point of departure, decided to feature various sea animals. All of them were filmed in a public aquarium where they are divided into groups by a specific system of classification.
Filmed through a photographic approach, still and observing, the video almost seems to be a moving slide show joining in Arto Lindsay’s calm and poetic lyrics and To Rococo Rot’s melodic soundscapes.
Watch the video for ‘Classify’ here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkHaNN__0QI
Instrument, To Rococo Rot’s eighth record, is also streaming in full now: https://soundcloud.com/cityslang/sets/to-rococo-rot-instrument/
Over the course of 18 years, Berlin-Duesseldorf trio To Rococo Rot have carved an identifiable niche for themselves, and one which has crossed a variety of styles; neither wholly in the realms of ambient or pure electronics. The late 1990s albums of Veiculo and The Amateur View brought their fundamental and innovative landscapes of sound to the fore, whilst 2001’s collaboration with I-Sound, Music is a Hungry Ghost, showed their ability to blend disparate influences into something cohesive. Remixed by Four Tet and Daniel Miller and heralded by the likes of Modeselektor, their influence extends as far as their unique approach deserves.
The music of brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider has always existed in its own world and Instrument is a landmark record for the group. The serenely soft melodies of No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay adorn three tracks, offering up a new perspective. Though melodies have always been a big part of their sound, the inclusion of a human voice is a distinctive modification.
It may be a To Rococo Rot record unlike any other – and one that treads unfamiliar ground – but it also represents a return to the beginning.
“I think maybe we’ve come in a way back to where we started. We’ve been through a lot of experimenting, buying new gear, trying this and that with electronic and non-electronic stuff,” says Lippok. Yet Instrument is by no means a regression; the process this time has merely been a vehicle for To Rococo Rot to reaffirm and even advance their relevance and status as one of ambient electronic music’s great innovators.
See To Rococo Rot live:
21 July London Café Oto (Tickets)
22 July London Rough Trade East @ 7pm