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It’s unusual for a band to churn their way through a number of distinctly different genres over the years (nearly 25 years’ worth, in fact) and not only stay together but continue to make remarkable music. Germany’s Notwist have explored thrash-punk, metal, and various electronic varieties since their 1990 inception; they struck a chord with American indie pop fans on 2002’s synth-driven Neon Golden. Their next full-length, 2008’s The Devil, You+ Me, took Neon Golden a step further, with more guitars and instrumentation (including The Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra). And in 2009, The Notwist made a gorgeous film soundtrack of electronic soundscapes, Sturm. Close to the Glass is—delightfully—an extension of The Devil, with the trio mashing various strains of electro-pop, indie rock, and Krautrock into wonderfully memorable and evocative works. From the energetic confection of “Kong” to the funky, tribal groove of the title track, the shoegazey wash of “7 Hour Drive,” and the mesmerizing motorik pull of “Run Run Run,” this is a beautiful and adventurous outing from The Notwist.

Customer Reviews

Rich!! Tig

So good electric and indie pop for which I have no accurate referent.

Magically Delicious!

This album now completes my spring fever and summer itch. Can't wait to go for a drive up the coast whilst pounding this in my ear holes. Never dissatisfied by the Notwist!

Back to High School

I am having flashbacks! In a good way.


Formed: 1989 in Weilheim, Germany

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed near Munich as a post-hardcore band, the Notwist gradually began to embrace a fusion of classic '80s indie pop songwriting and scruffy electronic backings indebted to Oval and Autechre. The quartet comprises brothers Markus and Micha Acher (on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively) plus programmer/keyboard player Martin Gretschmann and drummer Martin Messerschmid. Their self-titled 1989 debut and 1992's Nook were rough-and-tumble punk LPs. Third album 12 marked the group's first flirtation...
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