Collaborations are so prevelant in electronic music-- always have, always will be-- that their origin stories are very often just a footnote. The forthcoming collab between Lloyd Cole-- already an established British singer-songwriter and formally the main brain behind The Commotions-- and Berlin-based Hans Joachim Rodelius-- of Cluster-- has been in the making for AT LEAST ten years. And if you want to go really deep with it, since Cole heard Rodelius' project Cluster and their 1976 ambient blueprint Sowiesoso which Cole eventually channeled into his 2001 solo release Plastic Wood. The collab was almost to bound to happen, and after years of dialogue the two finally met in Vienna in 2011 and work on the new project began swiftly. The results are exciting, mature, and surprisingly playing against type. Cole never picks up his guitar and shies away from the mic while Roedelius avoids his piano at (almost) all costs, instead the two make succinct, nostalgic electronica--billed as "studies"-- that flow between noise, ambient, and tight melodies.
Selected Studies Vol. 1 will be out February 22nd, 2013 on Hamburg-based label Bureau B. You can listen to four snippets of it below.