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CLUSTER & ENO

Cluster

 

Krautrock

3.32 | 35 ratings

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stefro
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4 stars One of the key ambient Krautrock albums from the 1970's, 1977's 'Cluster & Eno' belongs to that cosmic category of albums which includes the likes of 'Musik Von Harmonia' by Harmonia, 'Sowiesoso' and 'Zuckerzeit' by Cluster, Neu!'s self-titled debut, Can's 'Future Days' and Tangerine Dream's 'Rubycon', albums that basically kick-started both the electronic and ambient music genres. Similar in style-and-scope to the previous years 'Tracks & Traces'(which featured Cluster co-founder Hans-Joachim Rodelius' other group, Harmonia, collaborating with Eno), 'Cluster & Eno' features a series of carefully-crafted and, at times, utterly beautiful instrumental tracks filled with gently-throbbing pulses, glistening synths, dreamy keyboards and, in the case of the Indian-themed psychedelic piece 'One', a reverb- drenched sitar. There are no vocals and the pace is slow, but the strange sonic textures and and multi-layered instrumentation remains resolutely fascinating throughout, with each piece drifting slowly yet thoughtfully through their abstract constructions. Best described as 'cosmic dream music', those with the time and patience to invest in'Cluster & Eno' will be rewarded with a rich, warm musical experience that should suit perfectly the occasional late-night and herbal/psychotropic tipple, though fans of conventional prog - groups such as Genesis, Yes and King Crimson - may be turned off by deliberately-simplistic nature of the music. Possibly the best album by either Cluster or Eno. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2010
stefro | 4/5 |

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