The new Notwist album Close To The Glass is available as a full album stream all week at NPR Music, a week ahead of its release. The music is electronic, indie rock, indie pop, cinematic, and ambient all at the same time. Their new single "Kong" is an awesome mixture of indie rock energy with a touch of indie pop, there’s some lively rhythms with an early Stereolab influence. The crazy keyboard fluctuations are and off-kilter jab at what could otherwise be an ordinary indie pop song.
NPR Music said "The Notwist sounds fully refreshed: From its corker of a single ("Kong") on, the album showcases a light touch in a frequently collage-based sound that brims over with buzzing, springy, playful urgency.
They went on to add: "Throughout Close to the Glass, The Notwist lets many sides of its sound peek out, as straightforward pop-rock melts together with the pulse of Krautrock until they become indistinguishable. But, like its most recent predecessors, the album never feels chilly, even when the band wanders through a nine-minute instrumental ("Lineri") late in the proceedings."
Sub Pop nails the band's musical philosophy here "It is a catchy and unpredictable marriage of playing your heart out on an instrument and the magnetic pulse of precise programming. While the band always creates music ripe with authenticity and mood, we find them now defining their edges with no shortage of bravery or beat. As romantic as it is robotic, Close To The Glass is a bottomless collage: part pop song, part science, part band, part story telling and all Notwist."
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