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Boomkat Product Review:
The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm charm of their music; ten spaciously layered, supple grooves measuring Ronald's precise percussion and Stefan's languorous, buoyant bass work with Robert's fluid electronics and chiming guitar tones, casually strolling between ambient loungin' on 'Besides' to glam swagger in 'Down In The Traffic', freaky jazz-techno in 'Pro Model' and the discordant jaunt of 'Spreading The Strings Out'. Of course, the major difference after nearly 20 years of exclusively instrumental expression is the inclusion of Lindsay's vocals, which meld effortlessly and naturally as an new melodic component in the seductive shuffle of opener 'Many Descriptions', on the languid, Arthur Russell-esque 'Classify', and to lush, shoegazing appeal on 'Longest Escalator In The World'.