Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Wenn Der Südwind Weht (1981)

Wenn der Südwind weht „Musik zum leise Hören“ (When the south wind blows - music for quiet hours), to give it its full title, was Hans-Joachim Roedelius' seventh solo album, and one of three that he released in 1981.  Far from spreading himself too thin, however, Roedelius was in his prime at this point, releasing album after album of gorgeous synth and organ-based understated gorgeousness, saturated in melody and hazy, spring-day ambience.

Fans of Sowiesoso-era Cluster looking for a natural successor to that album should head straight here.  Whether drifting along languidly like the title track, or taking a more sprightly jaunt like my personal favourite Mein Freunde Farouk, this is absolutely quintessential Roedelius.  Highest possible recommendation.

Wenn Der Südwind Weht 

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