Harmonia

Harmonia is comprised of three of Germany's experimental music heavyweights, Michael Rother, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Formed from the crusts of Kraftwerk, Neu! and Cluster, Harmonia make up something equally as tantalising as any of those three acts, inspired, according to Moebius, by 'Velvet Underground, Mozart, Coltrane, Brel, Arabic, Hindu … the list goes on and on.' Michael Rother: “I was driven by the wish to forget all the musical clichés I had grown up with and to create a new music that was as unique as possible.” Over the years they've turned the heads of anyone who's heard them, such as Brian Eno – who once declared them the world's most important rock band – David Bowie and Aphex Twin. In their short time together (1973-76), the trio released two albums: 1974's strung-out 'Musik Von Harmonia' and the friendlier electro-pop of 'Deluxe'. Now, with renewed interest in them and the Krautrock 'genre' in general, comes a new release in the shape of 'Harmonia live 1974', a dusted-down recording of hypnotic machine music. Full of twists, turns and hidden depths, these experiments-in-sound are what Roedelius calls artistic science: "We were – still are– experimental. Science and art are really sisters in the way they approach reality, exploring what there is and trying to do something different with it."