The Notwist are the cream of German indie rock, and by their fifth album, Neon Golden, they had really hit their stride. First released in 2002, it is now seeing reissue by City Slang. The band have a nicely inventive approach to what they do, filling in all the corners of their sound with textures. CD / LP reissue.
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 7th September 2015
German band The Notwist have the roots in heavy metal although you wouldn't know it from "Neon Golden", their 2002 album - an album of well made electronica-meets-indie rock-meets-krautrock that comes across a bit like Deus trying to emulate Air. I think that this is their best album and that it contains their best song, "Pilot". "Pilot" has the metronic beat of Krautrock with semi-pounding beat of something more modern joined by a catchy melody.
In general the songs have fairly normal structures but are produced with more clicks, beeps and burrs than your average indie rock song. A lot of the sounds on here are reminiscent of "The Ideal Crash" by Deus - "Trashing Days" being a good example. The title track is probably the most experimental track on here, an electronic instrumental with sounds that break the surface of ambience ever so slightly. "Off The Rail" is a gentle song with shards of deconstructed Beatles-style strings and the lovely melodic refrain of "This is all I know". "Consequence" closes the album nicely leaving you wanting to listen to it all over again.
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