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Uncut APRIL 2016 - by Piers Martin
Krautrock colossus' endless tinkering
Forty-five years after Cluster's debut, kosmische kingpin Hans-Joachim Roedelius continues his exploration at the age of eighty-one in the rebooted form of Qluster, his trio with relative whippersnappers Onnen Bock and Armin Metz (both forty-one), who've already released five albums of meditative electronics and piano pieces since 2011. The title of Echtzeit, their sixth, translates as "real time" and presumably refers to the improvised nature of the material. Comprising shifting layers of ghostly tones and drifting electronics, these ten numbers unfurl serenely but unremarkably, typified by the ponderous Auf Der Lichtung. A lack-Qluster addition to the Roedelius catalogue, perhaps, but fascinating in its own way.