Boomkat Product Review:
Awesome return for the mighty Notwist, away from us for too long pursuing a wealth of their other commitments & projects: Lali Puna, Ms John Soda, collaborations with Alias and so it goes on. Also a welcome reappearance for their own label, Alien transistor, fully set to run tings this next month, with a groundbreaking album imminent from their percussion maestro Chronomad. Here, documentary-moviemaker Jörg Adolph and his cameraman Luigi Falorni have created "Kanalschwimmer", and 'solo swim' is the Notwist soundtrack to their story of the mystic 33 kilometres from Dover to Calais, the Mount Everest for long distance swimmers. Shimmering hazed guitars, electronics and more than a whisper from the inescapable influence of Nick Drake. The quite beautiful vocal morphs into a 'solo swim dub', i guess mirroring the physical and mental walls faced by the swimmer - the feeling is isolated, tactile, and otherworldly when an almighty twisted beat drops - stunning stuff. Console's 'Mount Everest Horizontal' is another unreleased gem - deep sea aquatics literally, with a lapping dusky break and remorseless continuous bass presence - another winner. Klimek was reputedly a huge influence on the Notwist's creation, so his nigh-on ten minute remix 'Expo-Park, Sevilla (Parts I-V)' restates the daunting top-side in an other worldly, inspired fashion. Huge piece of music, don't hang around as Notwist's equally immense 'Lichter' was out of print almost immediately after release last year. Not to be missed.