Harmonia 76 - Tracks & Traces

Harmonia 76 - Tracks & Traces

Verdict: 4/5



RCD 10428



Written By

Dragos Rusu


March 17, 2014

The Krautrock super group from Germany formed as a collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Möbius of Cluster and later included the British musician Brian Eno. He claims that Harmonia was "the world's most important rock band" in the mid '70s.

”Tracks and Traces” is the only album credited to Harmonia '76, and the third one from the highly influential Krautrock/Kosmische Musik group. Although ”Tracks and Traces” was recorded in 1976, it was not released until 4 November 1997 by the US Rykodisc label, when the label added "'76" to the group's name.

In all likelihood, this is a mind-blowing piece of ambient and sensual electronica gems, each of them carving their way through rough walls of time. The album has only one vocal track, "Luneburg Heath", heading Eno’s own vocals over a dreamy soundscape. ”Weird Dream” is a mellow ambient track that leads to meditation, introspection and evokes a general half conscious mental state. Sweet and tender guitars, dark and cold electronic ambient beats, long and marvelous strings that get lost in perfect harmonies.

No matter what the real reason of waiting 20 years to release this album is, I’m glad it finally happened. Turn the speakers loud, embrace the deepness, dive into the music and get lost.


1. Vamos Companeros
2. By The Riverside
3. Luneburg Heath
4. Sometimes In Autumn
5. Weird Dream
6. Almost
7. Les Demoiselles
8. When Shade Was Born

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