sequencer-enhanced soundscapes by one of krautrock’s original architects
It’s been nearly 50 years since HansJoachim Roedelius co-founded the group that recorded at least two krautrock milestones as Kluster, teamed with Eno as Cluster, and now functions as Qluster. Despite the occasional change in consonants for the flagship project he shared with the late Dieter Moebius and now includes Onnen Bock and Armin Metz, the 84-year-old has been a remarkably consistent craftsman of cosmically inclined yet sinewy electronic music. The pulsing of a newly incorporated sequencer adds an aspect of novelty to the eight compositions here. Though more songs could use the form and drive that make “Tatum” such a vivid centerpiece, Elemente fits snugly into the rich sound world Roedelius has so fastidiously constructed.