Gone is the second single from Naomi´s current album “Aquarium” The Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s most respected daylies, described Naomis sound as a “perfect balance between bittersweet harmonies”, the KulturSpiegel enthused about “elegant, dreamy but always modern electro pop”; and the Rolling Stone gave four stars – meaning “fabulous”. But a band who made it onto more than 70 compilations worldwide must have something special, don’t they? Nomi´s music is athmospherically engrossing as you’ll expect, but by new means completely. The duo abandon their earlier love of wide soundscapes – hence no predominant samples this time, no echo loops and padded sounds. Instead we get reduced, almost minimal arrangements, guitars and Wurlitzer piano, Mellotron and sparse synthesizers over dry hiphop beats.
Link to video: Gone (Unplugged Version)
No instrumentals anymore, not “tracks”, but songs, quite traditonally structured. And they’re pleasant songs. Striking but deep, chiselled but emotional, and though definitely weird at times, they still seem to sort the world out. Which sounds like a contradiction in terms, but Naomi pull it off with an idiosyncratic mix of luminous melodies and equanimous understatement, big emotion and laconic detail.
The new single version of Gone was mixed by Patrik Majer (got the “Echo 2006″ as “best German Producer”, produced “Wir sind Helden” among others).
The single is available via iTunes only:
For more information: Naomi Artistpage