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Boomkat Product Review:
Bringing the run of brilliant Cluster reissues to a close, Bureau B present the duo's 1981 masterpiece 'Curiosum' with original artwork and new sleevenotes from Asmus Tietchens. At this time Cluster wouldn't produce another album until 1990, so this set can be considered as their "swansong to the past", and a symbiotic return to the freeform spontaneity of their earliest music, when they still spelt their name with a K. Also, the sounds within are perhaps stubbornly unaffected by the noise and ebullience of the 80's coming from both the UK punk and industrial scene, and Germany's Neue Deutsch Welle movement, preferring a quiet, strange and tender form of melancholy. This may also be attributable to the fact that this was the first time they had recorded outside of Conny Plank's studio and its almost unrivalled capabilities, stripping themselves down to a rudimentary entity, and creating sparse, reflective environments for their astrally arcing melodies. 'Proantipro' is like a quasi speed prophecy of the austere techno minimalism that would come in their wake, and 'Seltsame Gegend' shuns glossy adornments for avant-leaning abstraction. 'Helle Melange' is a standout centrepiece, like the kosmiche vision contracted to a slightly out-of-focus squint but still able to make out beautiful melodic imagery in the foreground. Closing the album, and perhaps symbolically the 70's, 'Ufer' casts off into a starry pool of white noise, putting a tranquil and touchingly optimistic finish on this chapter of electronic music history.