QLUSTER

Ele­mente 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - JA­son An­DeR­son

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.

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