What do you think about when you think about Switzerland? Chances are that besides cheese, clocks, the purple cow from Milka, and their arguable neutrality in global conflicts, not much. That array of imagery and references becomes even narrower when you try to remember any famous Swiss bands or artists; so there's The Young Gods, but apart from them, DJ Bobo, and Canadian-born Celine Dion winning Eurovision for the country back in 1988, it's probably just one big void.

Enter Klaus Johann Grobe, one of the most exciting Neue-Kraut acts from the past couple of years — a Swiss duo whose music I've been following excitedly since their 2014 debut Im Sinne Der Zeit. Even though their sophomore album Spagat Der Liebe (2016) fell a bit under my radar — and having caught their amazing set at Levitation France later that year —, I was taken aback with enthusiasm last summer when they announced that a brand new LP would be dropping in October. First single (and album opener) 'Discogedanken' was a curious showcase of a more mature approach to their customary spacey synth-based kraut, seeming to indicate a slight change in direction sonic-wise towards Frencher plains; in spite of them always having been ultra-melodic, 'Discogedanken' sounded more refined in a way, anticipating a more polished ensemble. Subsequent single 'Siehst Du Mich Noch?' further enhanced my suspicions: without ever losing their musical identity, they were evolving and adapting their language to what they had to say — a feature later confirmed by the rest of the LP.

Du Bist So Symmetrisch sees Klaus Johann Grobe diving into much darker, more intense waters. Carrying on with the electronica/jazz/kraut fusion they got us accustomed to, they nevertheless incorporate a more "finished" aura throughout the album, thus allowing for an even more cohesive aura to transpire — something the run-throughs end up underlining. The LP emerges as the consecration of the duo, reminding us they are anything but a novelty act; Klaus Johann Grobe take what they do very seriously without ever getting too comfortable within their own world, which could ultimately prevent them from keeping on experimenting — and Du Bist So Symmetrisch is both proof and a product of their constant growth.