12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If I was asked to list the ten best albums to come out of Germany, 'Sowiesoso' would be on it. Not only that, it offers a great introduction to electronic music. It represents the triumphal culmination of what Moebius and Roedelius were working on during the 1970s. After Kluster, they made the difficult, clanky industrial sounds found on 'Cluster '71', which they refined on 'Cluster II', before the big leap to 'Zuckerzeit', which contained the charm previous releases lacked. 'Sowiesoso' adjusts the balance between the two: warm, serene, dignified, but above all, deft. The title track exudes sensuality in its complex yet organised layered rhythms and is probably my favourite Cluster track. It is a hard act to follow, but every piece of this album is brimful of quality. Essential listening for any fan of the genre.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
One of a number of recent re-releases, 'Sowiesoso'
by Cluster is an important reminder of the seminal
importance of the work of composers Dieter Moebius
and Hans-Joachim Roedelius in the evolution of
contemporary electronic music.
Their influence remains inestimable.
This simple but wonderful album first saw the light
of day in 1976 courtesy of Hamburg based Sky Records.
The seven tracks on this recording possess a gentle
mesmerizing intensity. The pulsing rhythms and guileless
melodic material, whilst intrinsically meditative in form,
is often curiously uplifting and occasionally very funny.
Starting in the middle on track four, 'Umleitung' has a
gloriously silly central section which sounds like it
could have been produced by a bunch of drunken Druids
dancing round a bonfire. A perfectly pagan diversion.
'Es War Einmal', too, has a magically humourous quality.
The fragile arrangement conjures an elfin fairground out of thin air,
(It really does!!) complete with a tiny merry-go-round (albeit one
with golden crickets rather than the usual garishly painted horses).
'Halwa' is an exotic miniature full of Eastern promise.
The sounds and scents of the souk are tangibly real.
'Dem Wanderer' and 'Zum Wohl' are both pastoral pieces,
shot through with electronic birdsong. Night and day.
The former is midnight music, ('Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
if you like!) dark, tentative and slightly forbidding;
the latter is bursting with sunlight, grace and optimism.
Opening track 'Sowiesoso' creeps into consciousness
with a half-heard steadily measured beat. The scintillating
synthesiser arabesques which follow emerge from the
half-light like golden rays of sunshine. Quite beautiful.
Final track, 'In Ewigkeit' envisions eternity as a
deconstructed slow blues. Some kind of heaven seems
to be just a heartbeat away. Possibly.
There is a rare chemistry at work between Moebius and Roedelius,
born out of their enduring friendship and the intimately shared musical
understanding which gives life to these enchanting collaborative visions.
The world is a somewhat better place with this album in it.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
Originally came out in 1976, 'Sowiesoso' is apparently German for 'Any Way Way'. Cluster, by this point (of course) was down to a duo, Dieter Moebius-keyboards & synthesizers and Hans-Joachim Roedelius-producer, audio generator & effects. 'Sowiesoso' is quite far-fetched from most other CD's I've heard. I would best tag this disc as good 'electronic krautrock'. Tunes I thought stood out the most were "Dem Wanderer", "Zum Wohl", the title track and the atmospheric "In Ewigkeit". Those last two I mention runs over seven minutes. This genre is taylor-made for lengthy cuts. Recommended listening