Qua (album)

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Qua
Studio album by Cluster
Released May 21, 2009
Genre Electronic music
Label Nepenthe
Cluster chronology
Berlin 07
(2008)
Qua
(2009)

Qua is an album by German Krautrock band Cluster, released in May 2009 on Nepenthe Music. It is the band's twelfth studio album and first in fourteen years.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[2]

Allmusic's Wilson Neate wrote that Qua proves that Cluster still have something "relevant" and "credible" to contribute musically, as the album "conjures imaginary cinematic sequences in both spartan monochrome and rich Technicolor, spanning diverse moods: from the austere, droning 'Xanesra' and the somber, hymnal 'Flutful' to the playful 'Albtrec Com' and 'So Ney'."[1] Nick Neyland of Drowned in Sound described the album as "another bend in the road for Cluster, another set of songs knotted up in dead ends, another tiny coterie of bewildering puzzles. It’s also another chance to hear them never quite get to where they’re going to, and that still feels like the perfect space for them to operate in."[2] Hannah Gregory of The Quietus said that throughout the album, "the meandering experimentation is scripted with Cluster's still flowing, indelible ambient ink."[3] Louis Pattison of Uncut complimented Cluster for "maintaining a commendable consistency" on an album that contains songs of such divergent styles.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Moebius/Roedelius.

  1. "Lerandis" – 1:46
  2. "So Ney" – 3:21
  3. "Flutful" – 2:36
  4. "Protrea" – 1:59
  5. "Zircusile" – 1:38
  6. "Xanesra" – 4:02
  7. "Na Ernel" – 3:48
  8. "Putoil" – 1:33
  9. "Malturi Sa" – 4:53
  10. "Diagon" – 1:22
  11. "Gissander" – 6:55
  12. "Ymstrob" – 1:39
  13. "Albtrec Com" – 4:05
  14. "Stenthin" – 3:48
  15. "Curvtum" – 1:00
  16. "Formalt" – 5:03
  17. "Imtrerion" – 5:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Qua adapted from Allmusic.[5]

  • Paula Ashley - art direction, design
  • Tim Fisher - art direction, design
  • Dieter Moebius - composer, concept, cover art
  • Hans-Joachim Roedelius - composer
  • Tim Story - concept, cover art, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Neate, Wilson. "Cluster - Qua Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b Neyland, Nick (2010-02-15). "Cluster - Qua - Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  3. ^ Gregory, Hannah (2010-04-19). "Reviews - Cluster". The Quietus. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  4. ^ Pattison, Louis. "Album Review: Cluster - Qua". Uncut. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Qua – Credits". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-23.