The Devil, You + Me
More than six years after the Notwist first garnered international acclaim with the European release of NEON GOLDEN, the German indie-rock ensemble returned with 2008's THE DEVIL, YOU + ME. As with NEON GOLDEN as well as with the group's splinter projects (Lali Puna, Ms. John Soda, Console), electronics are a key element (see the pulsing "Where In This World"), but the band also incorporates plenty of arresting guitar lines and organic rhythms into the mix, as on the warm, welcoming "Good Lies" and the jagged "Alphabet." Tying everything together is singer/guitarist Markus Acher's emotive, reed-thin voice, which is immediately distinctive in its mannered Teutonic way, and gives THE DEVIL its heart and soul. The Notwist make music that's at once impossibly personal and hugely inviting. This release is their most important and moving to date, in the band's nearly 20 year career. Markus Acher's singular voice surrounds you with all the comfort of familiarity, the euphoria of re-acquaintance. It takes a while before the words and the scale of the musical language sink in. Their previous album, "Neon Golden" has scanned over 42K.