The Notwist 'Close to the Glass' (album stream)

The Notwist 'Close to the Glass' (album stream)
It's getting closer and closer to the official release date the Notwist's new Close to the Glass, but you can sample the German electronic pop vets' latest song cycle ahead of time via a full-length stream.

As previously reported, this is the eighth studio LP from the outfit and first for Sub Pop. Described as being "as romantic as it is robotic," the band's latest is said to have tapped into the energy of their live show, while still "naturally arriving" at the experimental soundscapes presented on past albums. Assisting the act's Markus and Michael Archer and Martin Gretschmann on the recording are Max Punktezahl and Andi Haberl.

Already we had heard the clanking, two-stepping title track and the organ-saturated pop-rocker "Kong," but the early stream also lets you sample the likes of mad scientist machinery blip of opener "Signals," the precious acoustic guitar strums on anti-gambling track "Casino," and the sorrowful, strings-assisted "Steppin In," among others.

You can check out Close to the Glass in its entirety here on NPR and take a look at the outfit's upcoming tour dates, including stopovers in Toronto and Montreal this May, over here.