Six years after the release of their self-titled album, 13 & God (the collective of Themselves and The Notwist) give returns to the music scene with their latest release, Own Your Ghost. Ten tracks mixed with complex beats and sharp vocals gradually mature into a harmony of both fresh and electronically manipulated sounds. It’s almost hard to tell you’re listening to the same group as you flip from one track to the next, but that’s all part of the dynamic beauty.
Doseone thrives on dissonance. Not sonic dissonance, specifically, but rather the jarring product that results from the erasure of boundaries, parameters obliterated through a kind of stylistic piling-on. It is a constant thread throughout his numerous musical projects, a guarantee that whether it be the murky atmospherics of cLOUDDEAD, the painstakingly intricate meta-narratives of Subtle, or the bolder textures of Themselves, his intense, abstract presence at the helm of anything he touches promises a slippery, unpredictable listen.
It seems that The Notwist have a habit of keeping people waiting; a six year hiatus between the excellent Neon Golden and 2008’s The Devil, You + Me, and now six years between their debut collaborative effort with Themselves and 13&God's eagerly anticipated follow up, Own Your Ghost, a concept album on the subject of death. Has it been worth the wait? Well… yes… and no. There’s no denying they’re an interesting bunch; Themselves consist of Adam 'Doseone' Drucker and Jeffrey 'Jel' Logan, both co-founders of the innovative anticon.
The unclassifiable band 13 & God was formed because of the mutual admiration between Themselves and the Notwist, and later came to include Anticon artists like Dax Pierson (Subtle) and Jordan Dalrymple (Antonionian). It's not hard to imagine what the American post-rap duo and the German electro-pop band saw in each other. Themselves created music of engrossing complexity, but had little aptitude for lucidity and directness.
Matraca Berg Despite all the country hits she has written — for Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter and Reba McEntire among others — Matraca Berg has kept her distance from the upbeat complacency of the Nashville mainstream. A pensive streak runs through her songs, and she embraces and honors it on .