Thursday, 3 July 2014

REWIND: Cluster - 'Caramel'

Today, I've been listening to the German electronic duo Cluster's highly acclaimed 'Zuckerzeit' album from 1974 for the first time, thanks to a recommendation from Monolith Cocktail chief Dominic Valvona. "How the hell have you not heard this album before?" I hear some of you cry. I am 30 years old. It's going to take time for me to have listened to every classic album ever made. You don't get born with an immediate knowledge of what albums you should and shouldn't listen to. I heard 'Caramel' a while ago on an online mixtape one of my associates posted, and was reminded of the song's brilliance when the Manic Street Preachers included it on a Krautrock-inspired Spotify playlist, which you can find HERE. Odd, unearthly drum patterns combine with quirky, ear catching synth melodies to create something fun but weirdly unsettling. 'Zuckerzeit' was Cluster's third full-length album, and was co-produced by Michael Rother, their bandmate in Harmonia. Rother's involvement is said to have had a major influence on the album's somewhat more accessible sound. 

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