Germany - Full Moon 146 - 08/16/08
The Devil, You + Me
The Devil, You + Me was released a few months ago and last
Friday I had the pleasure of seing The Notwist live here in Oslo. The
former hardcore bunch create
calm guitar-meets-electronica type rock, but the gig showed a band not
afraid of showing their background, throwing some sudden hardcore
moments as a personal twist.
Markus Acher and co. have come up with a delightful album, some six
years after the acclaimed Neon Golden
album. Six years but not
all quiet, as Acher has been involved with other fine projects, such as
Lali Puna (splendid stuff worth
checking out), 13
& God (which are Anticon's Themselves plus The Notwist). Markus'
brother Micha has got his (highly recommended) Ms. John Soda project
running, not to forget the brothers Acher's more experimental (modern
electronic-meets-contemporary jazz) Tied + Tickled Trio plus their
Potawatomi project. When counting
Notwist's Martin Gretschmann's side project Console, no wonder it takes
some time for a new Notwist album to see the light of day.
As mentioned The Devil, You + Me is pure delight and the most
comfortable companion this summer. Take the opening, rising "Good Lies",
the tickling "Gravity",
the slowly swaying "Hands on Us", the fabulous "Gloomy Planets" (which
was one of the highlights live), and the low voiced title song. 11
tracks making this a very strong
starting line-up if it's been a football team.
With The Devil, You + Me The Notwist make me think of
Grandaddy - a shyer Grandaddy with a more electronic touch. Feel-god
music sounding low, no doubt. It's
100% organic, with an honest and charming tone. Germany's finest.
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