Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cluster - Sowiesoso (1976)

Seven instrumentals presented here by the experimental duo that brim with creative textures interacting against a vaster sonic backdrop. The volume is set at the customary Cluster
range of piano-pianissimo. The opening title track hums along gently like a
musical coffee perculator, as string synthesizer lines whisper in and out of the
song like cirrus clouds. The skipping pace of "Umleitung" presents some comic
relief, with Cluster banging percussion and howling along like madmen throughout
the song. The three remaining pieces of this album exude the kind of
traditional, picturesque beauty conjured up in viewing a Monet or Renoir
painting. Excepting "Umleitung" (which you could program out with your CD player
if so desired), this is one of the most perfect albums I can think of with which
to drift off to sleep at night in bed; utterly graceful and calming music.
Here (flac)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cluster - Qua (2009)

This is the amazing new album from German experimental electronic pioneers "Cluster" (Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) . After almost 41 years since their debut self-titled, ambient masterpiece , Cluster release "Qua". This new album has all the elements that made them famous plus new modern sounds. True to its name, Qua is an admixture of ponderous and light, frivolous and highbrow, an album with one foot in a relatively solid past (hence the Latin) and another in an intangible future.
ENJOY IT! (in flac)