Boomkat Product Review:
Ok, so To Rococo Rot's "Mit Dir In Der Gegend" track has long been a personal obsession of mine, what with it being quite possibly one of my all-time most-listened to pieces of music and amongst the finest examples of instrumental bliss ever written. Honestly it's just sublime, a sort of post-rock template, beautifully underplayed strings that sound like vintage Detroit techno distilled and separated from context, a gently pulsating Casio rhythm section, heavenly chords - it just has everything. Anyway, this amazing collection of To Rococo Rot rarities (all tracks previously available on vinyl only) starts off with the alternate version to this amazing track, originally found on the classic "Paris 25" EP for the City Slang label back in 1997 and quite different from the more familiar version on the seminal Veiculo album. This alone would justify the asking price as far as I'm concerned, but fact is that each and every one of the 12 tracks here is utterly indispensable, ranging from the gently arpegiated electro-acoustic minimalism of "Schon Sehr Viel Telefoniert" to the popish bliss of the classic "Telema" and the effervescent fuzz of "Days Between Stations" For a band who have always seemed to function better writing material for singles, this collection pretty much stands out as the finest long-playing release in an always-captivating career and as such comes to you with an unreserved, passionate recommendation. Pure bliss.