Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Eno & Co: Begegnungen II

Really beautiful sleeve and a brilliant record to go with it. A few days ago I didn't even know these two records existed. Naturally you would expect quite a lot from a coming together of Eno, Cluster and masterproducer Conny Plank. The first Begegnungen is more ambient orientated and not bad at all (albeit sometimes a tad boring), but it's the second episode that really delivers what you would expect of these giants getting together in a studio.

Neu! style dynamics alternate with oriental ambient and the overall sound is not to far from Moebius, Plank and Neumeier's Zero Set (incidentally on the first Begegnungen you get a remix of 'Pitch Control'). The production style reminds a bit of Ryuichi Sakamoto's early solo work and Japan's classic Tin Drum. If you stretch the comparison you can even hear some echoes from Bowie's 'Ashes to Ashes' era. And you get Eno dropping his robotic vocals on a few tracks. More than just nice.

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