#59. Harmonia & Eno ’76 – ‘Atmosphere’ (1976)

More of the sci-fi variety.

Quite a team-up, really. Brian Eno, who was in Roxy Music, makes great ambient music and has produced some bands that you hate and some that you love, plus Harmonia, who were a supergroup of sorts, featuring Michael Rother of Neu! plus Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Mobius of Cluster, although nobody really cared who they were at the time. It’s, well, pretty similar to the other, earlier Harmonia material; futuristic, synth-driven ambient space music.

The following year, Eno, Roedelius and Mobius collaborated again, without Rother, as Cluster & Eno, and again the year after, as Eno, Moebius & Roedelius, with none other than Krautrock godfather Conny Plank handling production duties on both those albums.

The album this tune comes from, Tracks and Traces, was recorded in 1976 but didn’t actually surface until 1997, amid renewed interest in Kosmiche Musik, Krautrock and related, early ambient music. Originally credited simply to Harmonia ’76, an expanded reissue from 2009 credits the band as Harmonia & Eno ’76.

Alright. Space music and stuff. Look out your window towards the impending doom.

 

James Pilbrow

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