13 & God – Perfect Speed (edit)
The Notwist started out as a punk band, went through an American indie-rock-influenced (Dinosaur Jr. in particular) phase with occasional glitchy and jazzy bits, and wound up playing melancholy pop music with electronic textures. And occasional banjo.
It’s far better than that description makes it sound – the stunning “Consequence”, off 2003’s Neon Golden, is a thing of bruised, brittle beauty – a warm and still-beating bloody heart, encased in a rime of glittering ice.
Here’s a cover that somehow transcends jokiness – from accordion intro to blast beat breakdown, it demonstrates their propensity for assembling seeming-incongruities into a moody whole:
The Notwist – Johnny and Mary (Robert Palmer cover)
It may be an unpopular opinion around here, but I’m going to come right out and say it: I don’t trust jellyfish. They are LITERALLY spineless, some of them sting, and it’s possible that at least one species may be vampires.
But I DO feel a pang of sympathy at the below jellyfish-out-of-water story.
It’s just doing its thing, trying to make it on this crazy ball of dirt just like everybody else:
The Notwist – One With The Freaks
Micha Acher from The Notwist is also in several other bands, like this one ferinstance:
Ms. John Soda – Go Check
His brother and Notwist bandmate, Markus Acher, gets around too, also playing in Lali Puna. Their “Faking the Books” is a beautifully-suggestive song – its measured minimalism forces the listener to fill in the story’s contours:
Lali Puna – Faking The Books
I just realized while writing this post that I have been singing the wrong words all this time – I thought it was “These things happen” instead of “This ain’t Heaven“.
Ah well, my version worked too.
We’ll do part II next week. See you then!