The Amateur View
It's like being prodded gently out of the dreamstate....
'The Amateur View' is Berlin/D|sseldorf trio [a]To Rococo Rot[/a]'s third album proper, much lusher and more accessible than their previous, minimalist collections. In it, you can see the stronger influence of the members' other bands: the fidgety electro and momentous bass pulse of Kreidler (who Stefan Schneider has just left); and the dark, cinematic intricacy of Ronald Lippok's Tarwater. There is the odd trace, too, on 'Cars', of the proto-techno of '70s German pioneers Cluster.
But beyond the theory and reference, 'The Amateur View' stands as an incredibly warm and involving record. There's a prevailing mood of optimism underpinning these tunes, one that's somehow much more organic in feel to the 'Brave New World' retro-futurism so often associated with this kind of music. For anyone [I]still [/I]labouring under the misapprehension that electronica's all about mathematics over emotion, then, there's no better place to start seeing the real picture.
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