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E2-E4

Manuel Göttsching

 

Krautrock

3.55 | 46 ratings

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Bonnek
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3 stars Göttsching's second album released under his own name. It was one of the pieces he sent to his friend Klaus Schulze when asked if he had anything fit for release on Schulze's new InTeam label. At 58 minutes it's a challenging listen but it's certainly the first relevant Göttsching/Ashra release since New Age of Earth.

E4-E2 is one continues electronic piece that marks a transition from progressive electronic to a sort of proto-techno. A persistent but not overtly prominent break beat is fleshed out with trancey synth arpeggios that remain largely unchanged for 58 minutes. Halfway in Göttsching adds brilliant clean guitar soloing that lends a lush and spacey feel and makes the song engaging all the way through. Well, at least to this electro-fan.

An important and delightful album and one of the better electronic albums of the 80s, right before the 90s would see an explosion of bands inspired by the 70s progressive electronic pioneers.

Bonnek | 3/5 |

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