After three decades of bandhood and counting, German outfit the Notwist, formed by brothers Micha and Markus Acher, have long illustrated the limitations of genre tags. Initially rising to greater attention in the late '90s and early '00s, their sound was often lumped into the "folktronica" files along with artists like Four Tet and the Books. Their instrumentation was more idiosyncratic and jazz-adjacent, layering woodwinds and live drumming into the mix, mostly in service of songs rather than soundscapes.
After a couple of very strong albums, Shrink in 1998 and near-masterpiece Neon Golden in 2002, the band's later releases felt more like a machine left to idle.
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