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Progressive Electronic

3.36 | 60 ratings

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4 stars 3.7 Stars really! To me, this is almost 4-star Krautrock album.... If you look at the players, and listen to the sound, it is well earlier in terms of its sound than later electronic music - it has all the hallmarks of classic Krautrock. It does have a melodic and ambient vibe, but the production is very acoustic and organic sounding, with even a bit of Motorrik. Way more so than what would be classified as Progressive Electronic a 'la later Ashra (post Tempel), TD, Klaus Schulze, or even Kraftwerk. Regardless of classification, I find Harmonia to me quintessential Krautrock. I am guessing it is classified otherwise due to date of release. (1975) - I prefer the laundry detergent Musik Von album but this is quite good.

It hums along in the best droning and melodic sense as in Popol Vuh, Neu!, Cluster, GILA, and others, combining all elements - soft Motorrik, some electrics, some acoustics, definite spacey.

I think both Harmonia albums are top 25 Krautrock albums, both in terms of personnel, sound, representation, time frame and quality. Whoever thinks this is PE should have their head and ears examined! Give this album a spin, it has an unmistakable sound, But what do I know?! 3.7/5

ProggyGoose62 | 4/5 |


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