Boomkat Product Review:
Dream team ticket collaboration between The Notwist and Anticon's Themselves (Doseone, Jel and Dax Pierson)! Prompted by an unscheduled tour stopover in early 2004 and numerous crossed paths in their cornucopia of guises, The Notwist (the Acher brothers and Console fella Martin Gretschmann) and Anticon mob decided to collaborate first via the postal service then later in person on a 17 day Munich based recording lock-in. 13 & God is the result. With hopes so understandably high, 13 & God open with 'Low Heaven', pinning its intent like Luther in Wittenberg as fog shrouded, lazy instrumentation percolate through the crisp electronic beats before Doseone does his nasal thing. However it doesn't end there, with the Notwist contributing a beautifully harmonised chorus that resonates to a Rudolf Christoph Eucken-style refrain of "threatening their lucky stars...". Next up is the traction rhythm, piano and corrugated guitar of 'Men of Station'; a song that for all intents and purposes could have been taken from 'Neon Golden', whilst 'Perfect Speed' introduces dense washes to fizzing effect. 'Afterclap' plugs some treacle slow scratches into a tender break that are silhouetted beautifully by the choral backing and college.alt vocals, whilst 'If' appears to have procured some unsettling strings then overlaid them with a blanket of optimistic, synth led exuberance. Lovely.