Cluster & Eno - Cluster & Eno LP
Originally released in 1977, Brian Eno and Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius / Dieter Moebius) are credited with inventing ambient music with this album.
Brian Eno's first collaboration with Cluster, the best of this album's instrumental pieces are too emotionally rich to waste as mere background music, evoking feelings of hesitancy and regret that rescue the music from mere vapid prettiness.
Three tracks in particular indicate things to come. Wehrmut is an ethereal synth piece with the pace slowed to a tantalizing crawl. Steinsame features a treated guitar playing a slow figure over a dark, almost funereal synth melody. Schone Hande uses watery synth effects to highlight a shivery rhythm pattern.
Other pieces dispense with moody atmospherics altogether. Tracks like Ho Renomo and Selange consist mainly of pounding rhythm patterns lightly embellished by piano or synthesizer, and Die Bunge sounds like an electronic goldfinch fluttering around a cartoon horse.
"Cluster & Eno" remains an important album. Along with Eno's 1978 "Music for Films", these works helped define the depth and promise of ambient music.
1. Ho Renomo
2. Schöne Hände
5. Mit Simaen
7. Die Bunge
9. Für Luise
About this product: this remaster/reissue is pressed on black vinyl.