Boomkat Product Review:
It's funny how you only realise how much you've missed something when it comes back. To Rococo Rot haven't made a new record since 2004 and the excellent 'Hotel Morgen' but now they're back with this brand new mini-LP and easily their best material since the groundbreaking "Amateur View". With 'ABC 123' the band have gone back to what they do best, choosing to drop much of the instrumentation that defined their sound; analogue synthesizers, guitars and drums - and opting instead to use only their computers and the simple Yamaha Vss30 synthesizer. By harnessing the limitations of this setup the band have truly rediscovered their identity and these eight tracks are just a joy to behold. In fact they bring back some very fond memories - the album starts with 'Frietag', a track built around a rolling synthesizer loop, the kind of loop you know within seconds simply must have come from the To Rococo Rot studio. With the emotional resonance of their classic 'Cars' and a swift look back to Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream the band have re-defined what it means to make electronic music in 2007 and although 'ABC 123' might be their most electronic record to date it's also one of their most unashamedly enjoyable. Just take a listen to the almost breaks-ish 'Lvx 4' with its rolling bass and cyclic beat and you'll remember just why you fell in love with the genre in the first place and why there's so much mileage in this excellent band yet. To Rococo Rot have honestly surprised us with this EP, forging one of the most unexpected high points in an already stunning year for music. If this is a hint of what is to come then the rumoured new album should be something very special indeed.... Absolutely essential music.