Exposé Online banner

Qluster — Tasten
(Bureau B BB206, 2015, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-09-29

Tasten Cover art

Hans-Joachim Roedelius has been a constant member of the different formations of Cluster, beginning with Conrad Schnitzler and Dieter Moebius as Kluster, then with Moebius, and for a brief interlude Brian Eno, as Cluster, and now performing with Onnen Bock and Armin Metz as Qluster. Qluster have been performing and recording since 2011 and Tasten is their fifth album. On Tasten, the trio explores the musical depths of three Steinway concert grand pianos to their fullest potential. Hence the abstract cover art. The nine tracks explore overlapping instruments, sometimes gentle melodies, sometimes aggressive and impulsive sonic storms. And they are not above unconventional percussive playing, plucking strings, etc. Each track is different and yet similar. Some pieces are downright beautiful musical excursions with the sustain pedals firmly locked. Others are quite introspective. I was listening to It’s a Beautiful Day recently and Qluster’s “Il Campanile” reminded me a bit of “Do You Remember the Sun?” Overall, Tasten is quite a relaxing listening experience, and entirely different from Cluster’s electronic explorations.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Cluster / Kluster / Qluster, Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cast - Endless Signs – Cast has carved a niche for themselves in the neo-prog scene for good reasons. Their sound is very melodic and flowing. As with almost all bands lumped into the "neo-prog" classification,...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues