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Cluster

 

Krautrock

3.83 | 49 ratings

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Bonnek
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3 stars Cluster is a lesser known exponent of the early '70's progressive electronic scene from Germany. But when comparing their debut to other electronic pioneering albums, it is not only one of the most impressive ones, it was also far ahead of the better known early works from Tangerine Dream, Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel.

The innovative lead does not come from the way the composed the pieces but from the astonishing electronic sounds that they managed to create. This album sounds like nothing else around that time and like little else since. Only Schulze's Cyborg and TD's Zeit come to mind. Cluster 71 a very dark and haunting work, with subtle layers of sound that weave evocative abstract cosmic patterns. Really, this music sounds as weird as my description is inadequate.

Not only can Cluster claim an original and ground-breaking position in the field, they also managed to craft a highly experimental album that is great to listen to. At least if you don't need repeated melodies to hang on to. But if you are willing to go with the unpredictable and mysterious flow of this music, get aboard on this voyage.

3.5 stars, just a bit below albums like Cyborg and Zeit that would expand the groundwork laid out here.

Bonnek | 3/5 |

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