Harmonia & Eno: Tracks & Traces 2x12"

Grönland Records


Magical moments cannot be fabricated at the push of a button, they simply come to be. In the late summer of 1976 such a moment of revelation befell the musicians of Harmonia as if by chance. The band had made two albums up to then, Musik von Harmonia (1974), and Deluxe (1975). Both works are now considered classics of krautrock and electronic music; nonetheless, afterwards the creative core went its separate ways. All three musicians were tireless and set to work on solo projects. Michael Rother would later release Flammende Herzen, Hans-Joachim Roedelius Durch die Wüste and Dieter Moebius Lilienthal. But then Brian Eno waltzed onto the scene. He had long been aware of Harmonia, and had even spontaneously joined in on a session with the band at a concert in the Fabrik in Hamburg in 1974. The musicians were not shy about expressing their interest in further collaboration and exchanged numbers. Two years later Eno called the members of Harmonia and asked, “Is now a good time?” The answer, “Well, not exactly – we kind of broke up – but sure, as good a time as any.” At that time Eno was on his way to Montreux to work with David Bowie on the album Low. A man well-traveled in the beau monde of rock music, he entered the studio in the rural hamlet of Forst in Germany’s Weserbergland region with no pretenses. To quote Rother, “Eno didn’t come across like an aloof pop star at all; on the contrary, he was very pleasant and inquisitive. We worked as equal partners and were a collective that simply wanted to make music, with no thoughts of commercial success and without the pressure of having to record an album. To me those are the best working conditions you can have.”
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