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The Telegraph SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 - by Peter Culshaw
HARMONIA & ENO '76: TRACKS AND TRACES
Among idyllic moments lurk disturbing undercurrents in Harmonia & Eno '76: Tracks And Traces.
For a brief, weird period in the mid-'70s, Germany was producing some of the most interesting popular music on the planet. Bands like Can, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk remain influential. This reissued 1976 album was the third by the "supergroup" Harmonia, a collaboration between the duo Moebius and Roedelius and Michael Rother of Neu!, with Brian Eno guesting. The rabid fan enthusiasm of Julian Cope's book Krautrocksampler has contributed to the revival of interest in Harmonia, as has Eno's quoted comment that they were "the most important band in the world". their music has a low-fi, rural, intimate feel - one of most appealing tracks is called By The Riverside. The album was recorded in a small studio in the country in the "late summer" and has that elegiac atmosphere at the change of the seasons, with synths, guitar and occasional electronic drums casually interweaving. Among the idyllic moments, however, lurk disturbing undercurrents.