The Devil, Me, and the Notwist
For a few years now I've been wondering what German ambient-indie band The Notwist have been up to. They used to have the world's most confusing website, a secretive map that left me feeling like I was trying to solve the Cold War with hover-and-click technology. I always failed.
Now their site has been updated to screen a new video of them in the studio -- and there's a new song to go along with it! A mixmaster friend first introduced me to the far-ranging sounds of the Notwist with a tune of hip-shaking easygoing electronica from 2002's Neon Golden. It sounds as if their new album (The Devil, You + Me) may be moving towards a more direct melodic sound in the way they approach, with a touch less ephemeral ambience. It's good stuff.
Frontman Markus Acher (one of two brothers in the band) repeats here over a slowly building crest; "Let's just imitate the real until we find a better one -- remember the good lies win."
Good Lies - The Notwist
And two tracks I really like from Neon Golden:
Consequence - The Notwist
One With The Freaks - The Notwist
Look for their new release in June on Domino Records if you're in the States. European folks get it sooner (City Slang in Europe in late May) and a bunch of European tour dates as well.
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