To Rococo Rot - Speculation (4 stars)

To Rococo Rot - Speculation


Palindromic triad To Rococo Rot have assembled animate machine music for over a decade. Speculation, however, heralds a somewhat raucous awakening, as the German impressionists venture out of the ‘measured’ post-rock dominion, into the region broadly known as ‘wigging out’.

Their shimmering, deliberate compositions sound more live – and alive – than before: the result, perhaps, of recording in the studio of Krautrock leviathans Faust. From the Caribbean gyre of ‘Forwardness’ to the cosmic bass serenade of ‘Bells’ and the mechanised swagger of ‘Working Against Time’, this is a warm, hypnotic record from a lovable band of anthropoids with giant electronic hearts.

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