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Rococo is classic Arcade Fire, and it’s them at their musical best.
An acoustic guitar and distorted bass repeat a simple chord progression throughout while a multitude of other instruments and backing vocals flutter in-and-out adding regal, chamber pop melodies.
While a lot of The Suburbs is breaking new ground for the band, Rococo feels more like it bridges the gap between Funeral and Neon Bible. Not quite reaching for the majesty of the latter yet not rushing along at the pace of many of the bigger tracks from their first album.
Instead it’s happy to let itself unfurl at a more relaxed pace, allowing the string, horn and vocal melodies to reveal themselves slowly.