Boomkat Product Review:
My word this is good. The Notwist have always been a bit of an oddity, occupying centre-stage in a scene that has given the world so many great bands – Tied and Tickled Trio, Lali Puna, MS John Soda – all operating around the central focus of the Acher brothers – Micha and Markus. Their last album “Neon Golden” epitomised the influence and love of pop, or that special melancholy brand of pop that has become so popular over the last couple of years. Needless to say, the record was a massive success and elevated the band to a much more visible status, adorned with critical acclaim and a huge following. Remarkably, this latest move from the band sees them launch a brand new label, “Alien Transistor” , inaugerated with a debut release that contains some of the most stunning soundtrack music we’ve heard this year – a moving, subtle, deeply original instrumental EP that takes them on a journey to much less commercial terrain. Recorded as the soundtrack to Hans-Christian-Schmid’s latest film, these exceptional pieces were executed based on pianoloops and minimal electronics, with the participation of sebastian hess (cello) and saam schlamminger (zarb) imbuing proceedings with a reflectavie, melancholy tone, complete with a remix courtesy of Martin Gretschmann’s Console project. Lovers of instruemntal mood-pieces, electronic-accoustic hybrids and late night music of the most evocative kind will fall in love with these pieces, a simply amazing way to spend half an hour....over and over again. Essential Purchase.