City Slang is thrilled to share the news that The Notwist will release their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass', on CD/2xLP/DL in Europe on February 24th. The album will also be available in the US via Subpop on February 25th. 'Close To The Glass' features the title cut, as well as singles "Run Run Run", "Kong", and "Casino".
The Notwist have scheduled a series of European tour dates to support the release of the album, which begin January 24th in Innsbruck, AT at the Weekender Club and currently ends May 27th in Hamburg, DE at Laeiszhalle. Please find a full list of tour dates below.
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Their latest full length 'Close To The Glass' is yet another courageous leap into the sky of songs. 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. The sturdy glue between the layers of 'Close To The Glass' is their newfound synergy as a band, no longer co-writing parts, Markus, Micha and Martin have finally found their human form and in some ways, at last, have ‘become’ the Notwist. Along side Max and Andi, they write, re-write, and record songs as one, tapping into the energy they possess on stage, and naturally arriving at the band all their exploratory recorded music had cut out for them (read more at City Slang).
‘Close to The Glass’ also available in the US via Subpop on February 25th
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The beautiful new album from tindersticks, 'across six leap years', sees its international release today, and you can listen to the whole thing now via Spotify right here!
Dear Reader have recorded a stunning new orchestral live album, featuring songs taken from latest album 'Rivonia', along with selected favourites from throughout their career, performed with the German Film Orchestra in Berlin.
It's called 'We Followed Every Sound', it's out on 9th December, and you can find more info after the jump... but for now you can download standout track "Cruelty On Beauty On" right here via Soundcloud:
Earlier this year, Cherilyn MacNeil a.k.a. DEAR READER made a bold move by releasing 'Rivonia', an album of stories, histories and anecdotes all inspired by and dealing with the country she was born and raised in, South Africa. The album was released to great critical acclaim and showcased her ability to tell a great story within the framework of an intelligent and witty pop song. The imagery and pictures her exuberant storytelling on this album evoked were rich and vivid, despite the often bleak realities depicted.
When Potsdam-based radio Station Radio Eins offered up the opportunity to perform the songs of 'Rivonia' with the added dramatic texture of an entire symphonic orchestra, it felt only logical. The songs are musical miniature movies and the Film Orchestra of Babelsberg specialises in recording film scores. Music for the big screen. A marriage made in heaven.
The result is 'We Followed Every Sound', an album which sees the songs of Rivonia taken to new levels of dramatic and dynamic thrill. Under the careful guidance of conductor Bernd Wefelmayer and his orchestra, and by way of the creative orchestra arrangements of dramaturge Max Knoth, the songs in question, already magical in their own right climb to new heights of scintillating warmth and intensity. The vocal performances of the band members on this magical evening, Cherilyn MacNeil, Emma Greenfield, Caoimhe McAlister and Sam Vance-Law are impeccable, and the entire Dear Reader band plays with the verve and confidence of a well-oiled road machine. Excited by the accompanying orchestra, thrilled by the possibilities of their own music, it is simply a joy to listen to. And it is only the icing on the cake that it is not only the songs of Rivonia they are revisiting with this expanded configuration, but that they also tackle classic Dear Reader stand-out tracks from previous albums, such as "Great White Bear", "Dearheart" or "Idealistic Animals".
'We Followed Every Sound' will be released on CD and via all digital retailers on the 9th December.