2002’s Neon Golden, the breakthrough record of German post-grunge-rockers turned electronic-laptop-pop pioneers, The Notwist, was a worldwide crossover wonder that contained the excellent “Pilot”, one of my favorite track of that year, and one that certainly helped making glitch-pop into a thing in 2002/2003. It took them six more years to follow it up with The Devil, You + Me – an album that went down fairly unnoticed and remains shamefully underrated. Unfortunately – and as a fairly obvious explanation – in-between these two releases, the larger portion of the indie crowd had since long moved on from the glitchy pop music that The Notwist together with acts like The Postal Service help pioneering.
Not counting an unfortunate movie score, The Notwist are getting ready to release their first album since 2008, and by the sound of its title track, they seemed to have undergone a relatively hefty transformation. “Close To The Glass” is a piece of monotonic production rooted in the minimalistic club scebe. The textures are tense, muddy, and by their standards, fairly violent. In the U.S, Sub Pop recently declared that they’ve signed The Notwist by stating that “Every once in a while, we take a break from all that t-shirt stuff and we get to sign an artist that we’ve been huge fans of for years – artists with an established fan base who would be welcome at any record lapel that they please.” I can relate to their sentiment; a new The Notwist album is definitely worth getting bonkers over.
- The Notwist – “Close To The Glass” (stereogum.com)
- The Notwist announce first new album since 2008, ‘Close to the Glass,’ on Sub Pop (stream the title track) (brooklynvegan.com)