The Devil, You + Me

The Devil, You + Me

by The Notwist


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The Devil, You + Me

After all that time spent developing, or (to be more kind) bouncing from place to place, beginning with scraggly post-hardcore (The Notwist, Nook) and then moving to relatively streamlined and occasionally melodic post-hardcore (12) and then abstract electronics (Shrink), the Notwist delivered a smart and song-oriented synthesis of the organic and synthetic on Neon Golden. And then, for six years, nothing, unless a remix EP and a soundtrack contribution count. The length between Neon Golden and its follow-up was twice the length of time between any two other Notwist albums, a gap that can be partially attributed to the members' several outside projects. Despite involvement in a number of varied recordings since their last album, The Devil, You + Me is as much a natural extension of Neon Golden as Nook was an extension of The Notwist. As subdued as ever, all the while retaining a sense of tension that has been a constant throughout its discography, the band makes only slight refinements. The most notable change is the incorporation of the 21-member Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, who add further intensity to tightly wrapped songs like "Where in the World" (where escape is sought but impossible to achieve) and "Hands on Us" (which might be the album's most affecting and downcast song, despite its lyrical vagueness). The album could pass as a slightly more dramatic, comparatively spindly, and male-fronted alternate of Scary World Theory, the excellent 2001 release from central Notwist member Markus Acher's Lali Puna. It has that same slightly unnerved but ultimately comforting effect, and like Neon Golden, you might want to take it everywhere with you, even when you can only replay it in your mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2008
Label: Domino
UPC: 0801390016721
catalogNumber: 167
Rank: 148781

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Performance Credits

Notwist   Primary Artist
Saam Schlamminger   Tombak
Carl Oesterhelt   Organ,Percussion
Markus Acher   Track Performer,Group Member
Micha Acher   Track Performer,Group Member
Mario Thaler   Help
Max Punktezahl   Guitar
Martin Gretschmann   Track Performer,Group Member
Karl Ivar Refseth   Vibes
Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra   Track Performer
Sophie Bernado   Bassoon
Magdalena Brune   Viola
Josa Gerhard   Violin
Daniel Glatzel   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gerhard Gschlössl   Trombone
Andi Haberl   Drums,Melodica
Emmanuel Hahn   Violin
Fidelis Hentze   Trumpet
Gabriel Insuasty   Oboe
Isabelle Klemt   Cello
Katie Lonson   Cello
Matthew Lonson   Violin
Oliver Roth   Flute
Aki Sebastian Ruhl   Trumpet
Johannes Schleiermacher   Baritone Saxophone
Martin Stupka   Viola
Anna Viechtl   Harp
Andi Waelti   Double Bass
Kalle Zeier   Guitar

Technical Credits

Notwist   Composer
Olaf Opal   Producer
Markus Acher   Composer
Micha Acher   Composer
Tobias Lehmann   Engineer
Martin Gretschmann   Composer
Daniel Glatzel   Orchestral Arrangements
Oliver Zülch   Engineer

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