Tuesday, February 15, 2005

thirteen and god

maybe you heard the first rubbings of this combination some time ago on themselves' remix LP, The No Music Of Aiff's, when the Notwist cut up a track. perhaps you were hinted when the two did a tour together in 2004. regardless of what you may or may not know, 13+God's self-titled debut arrives courtesy of Anticon on April 26th. The first singles, "Men Of Station" (previously posted over at scissorkick) and "Soft Atlas", come a month earlier (March 28th) as a 12-inch packed with a Hrvatski "mega remix" and an exclusive remix from Why? and Alias. The band plans to tour Europe in June and July, then the U.S. in September.

From the balloon-and-burst child psychology of Adam "doseone" Drucker, Jeffery "jel" Logan, and Dax Pierson (collectively themselves), and the pinhole-in-paper astronomy of the Acher brothers Markus and Micha, and Martin "Console" Gretschmann (the core of The Notwist), emerge 13 & God music-fed bodies coming together for a first crack at making something from nothing. All connections formal and former cast aside, this half-dozen form a transcontinental supergroup of very human proportions: American angst and honest ability, German composition and countryside chill, and the simple recurring universal urge to locate oneself within the folds of time and place.

Our players first met over blushing cheeks at a show in Munich. Themselves were traveling, spreading The No Music (their darkly smile-twisted second full-length of free-rap, chaotic atmosphere and electro-hop) from their Berkeley, California base to Europe and points beyond. Dax's copy of the 2002 The Notwist masterpiece Neon Golden was the tour van favorite, instantly claiming Adam and Jeff as casualties of its gorgeous arrangement and dubby glitch-pop. The whispering began, and the whatifs followed, and when themselves reached their German destination, there was Markus audience. Talk of collaboration began by the end of the night, but really, they'd been saying it with their eyes all along.

Demos flew back and forth across the Atlantic. Home recordings were made and shipped; ideas were added to, subtracted from and otherwise modified, then sent back in tiny little care packages. And in September, themselves got on an airplane in San Francisco and woke up in Munich. They were crammed into cozy guest house converted from a late-19th Century wash shed, and for 17 days counterparts banged out  their newfound sound in Micha's newly acquired Alien Transistor studios in nearby Weilheim, on a lot shared by an industrial metal cutting factory. Each day 13 + God would record, friends would stop by and contribute (The Notwist drummer Martin Messerschmid, Valerie Trebeljahr from Lali Puna, Steffi Böhm of Ms. John Soda), the sun would begin its set, and everyone would return to Munich for home-cooked feasts, the world's greatest beer, and whatever sleep they could scrape together before it was time to start again. It was a partnership steeped in work ethic and wide eyes, with no time for doubts and no need. On the final night, the band committed their songs to memory and performed them live for the first time.


13 + God - Soft Atlas

3 Comments:

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Phil said...

i dunno about notwist. the singing is just so bland and uninvolved and the music is pretty but never startlingly so. this one doesn't seem to change that mould too much.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger marcus said...

this album is hot. the notwist and themselves are okay, but this is one of those rare occassions where the joint project is entirely better than either are separately. everytime i relisten, i'm impressed all over again.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Joel said...

I've been a huge fan of The Notwsit since just before Neon Golden's U.S. release in early 2003. I'm definitely ready for some new content, and the fact that this is a collaboration with an underground hip-hop group from the U.S. is very exciting. I'm sure the album will be a glitch-pop masterpiece.

 

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