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  • Summary: The eigth full-length release for the Berlin-based electronic trio of Robert Lippok, Ronald Lippok, and Stefan Schneider features Arto Lindsay on three tracks.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. Uncut
    Jul 21, 2014
    Brilliance and beauty, abounding in equal measure. [Aug 2014, p.79]
  2. Mojo
    Jul 21, 2014
    [Arto Lindsay's] languorous delivery and oblique lyrics feature on three songs--with balmy results on mooching, drum-machine-propelled opener Many Descriptions and languid, art-pop essay Classify, and in markedly meditate contrast to the ominous synthscape of Longest Escalator In The World. [Aug 2014, p.89]
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2014
    The results are quietly measured and beautifully judged. [Sep 2014, p.115]
  4. Jul 23, 2014
    To praise To Rococo Rot can be to undersell them; their most attractive qualities, their sense of minimalism and simplicity and concision, are hardly the sort of things you bellow from rooftops. And yet, it works, and beautifully.
  5. Jul 21, 2014
    Where some of the cuts, like 'Gitter', 'Pro Model', or 'Many Descriptions' evoke vibrant feelings, others ignite a giant pile of 'meh' inside your brain.
  6. 60
    Having now racked up multiple albums of tastefully burbling electronics and inscrutable guitar oddness, Instrument still suits the term: rarely does it ‘rock’ at all, so TRR may as well have progressed beyond it. It’s by no means without merit, though.
  7. 60
    Much of the album carries this sense of being a showpiece for one of its individual elements--more often than not, it is Ronald Lippok’s shuffling percussion which breathes life into Instrument.

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