With their first new music since 2004’s Rendezvous, the master Lou Reed disciples in Luna return to one of their strengths: covers. A Sentimental Education finds the quartet—Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Sean Eden and Lee Wall—tackling mostly obscurities by the likes of Yes, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Mercury Rev and Fleetwood Mac. Simultaneously released companion piece A Place Of Greater Safety EP is all-original, however, though the six songs are instrumentals. Luna will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Eden: Werner Herzog and Popol Vuh collaborated on five films, mostly in the ’70s, and some of the ambient and quasi-prog compositions in these movies are excellent. Also, related to this, a couple of the early Tangerine Dream records are quite good. And then, of course, there are the absolutely great Kraftwerk albums of the ’70s (Computer World is one of my favorite all-time records), not to mention albums by Neu! and Cluster and Harmonia. There’s just a vast trove of amazing electronic, ambient and soundtrack music from Germany created in that period, and it’s well worth exploring in detail.