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It has all the hallmarks of Cluster: Serial patterns of electronic sounds evolving and morphing as layers of melody play over them.
If you like Cluster, or ambient Eno works, then you'll get it.
The six tracks on De Luxe range in length from 4:15 to 10:35 (Walky-Talky) and present a nice mix of spacey synthesizer pads and slowly drifting electric guitar parts beneath which subtle drum parts bubble and churn (the drummer favors the bottom part of the kit e.g., bass drum, toms etc.; cymbals and hi-hats are rarely used). This album is largely instrumental, although there are a few vocal parts (in German) that are soft and non-intrusive - they simply melt into the wash of sound. Though much of the album is very relaxing, the pace does pick up a bit with Monza (Rauf und Runter) which features "tribal" drumming and some great lead lines on the electric guitar. This is however, the most vigorous part of the album. Bright and sunny melodies are scattered everywhere making De Luxe an absolute pleasure to listen to. There are found sounds on the album too, and the last track features what sounds like an amphibian breeding chorus. Like the vocals, this is a subtle effect and blends seamlessly with the atmospheric synth and guitar parts.
This album was remastered/reissued as part of the German Rock Collection series distributed by Polydor K.K. (Japan) and features the original LP art along with the cool-looking Brain label logo (Brain was the original German label that distributed a number of the German experimental groups).Read more ›
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As much as i love Rother, i just don't find this album as enchanting as some of his other work. He has two main styles: ambient/emotive and light/plucky. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Greg Frohring
This record is so far ahead of it's time it's crazy. 1975 and it sounds absolutely contemporary. treat yourself and listen to how influential it is.Published on October 8, 2011 by Michael G. Evans
Apparently, the 1970's saw the birth of much ambient experimental synth music. You can listen to this actively on headphones and have a different experience than driving in your... Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by D. Marti
I wanted to write a review on this phenomenal masterpiece, but after reading what Juan S. Alemparte wrote I was left with nothing to say. He is 100% right on in every aspect. Read morePublished on June 6, 2005 by Eric A. Hurley