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Strategies Against Architecture 3 1991-2001
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Strategies Against Architecture is an overview of the first 10 years of Einsturzende Neubaten. By the end of their first decade, the pneumatic drills and hammers of this Berlin band (aka Collapsing New Buildings) had become part of a more traditionally musical whole. They reined in the avant garde industrial punk (no more drilling through stages at London's ICA) to create actual tunes and melodies. Since 1991, their sound has been less raw, but just as playful. They may be acquired taste, but Neubaten have always energised European punk with their iconoclastic viewpoint. This beautifully packaged double CD includes a track jammed with mobile phone interference, Blixa Bargeld singing on helium and "Wuste", a dramatic piece inspired by the Gulf War where string-laden melody is overlaid with sounds of sand, rubble and burning oil. There's also evocative music done for Montreal dance troupe La La Human Steps and previously unreleased tracks from 2000's Silence Is Sexy. Most memorable of all is "The Garden", an eerily resonant interlude in this compelling retrospective. --Lucy OBrien
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In the mid period the volcanic anger has cooled, simmmering enough for new emotional shapes to emerge. Beaten in the post industrial forges then cooled in the waters of city rivers this is the works as the anger subsides withoug melting into formations of megacorp tack. Unfortunately this more direct route was chosen by many contemporaries to limited success. This however reveals an all out pouring of imaginary streams. The crux to Neubauten is the beauty of the artistic product of the collective minds.
The breadth and scope of the industrial connections traverse the delicate brush strokes of Blume sung in French to the Zentrifuge electrical sturm. 28 compositions with only 8 readily available you would have to be the true fantical to have captured all these on their original releases. Here you can sit back and listen to them unfold over 2 hours.
The music is grand smashes of planets breaking open their nucleui in Swiss laboratories contrasting with the delicate plucking of the
heart strings as a detuned slide brings forth Biblical locusts. A mixture of delicate relaxation and headrush charges into red brick sooted walls, all culled from 91 until 01.
The ringing sounds of Wotan and Donar transplanted into a 21st century Bauhaus apartment. Highlights of Germanic culture dancing in ice bound woods, praying to the trees, painted in lurid colours whilst an industrial rhythm sways the frenzy. The rhythms of plastic containers molded into tribal bangs.