Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Einstürzende Neubauten

Seltener Vogel (Rare Bird) by Einstürzende Neubauten
Here's a translation of the lyrics

Einstürzende Neubauten are among the most innovative German bands. Their style is absolutely unique. They have used all sorts of things to make their music: jackhammers, fire, cardboard boxes, rubber bands, vanadium spanners, an empty water tower (by thumping and kicking the walls from inside), several different engines, styrofoam, cracking knuckles and grinding teeth and a number of custom made instruments build from scrap metal and other junk.

Seele brennt (Soul is Burning) is one of my favourite songs. It's haunting and I love the way it creeps up on you, from whispered lyrics to Blixa Bargeld's screams. Translation here

This one is probably more accessible that the other two:

Check out how the engine sounds come together to form the rhythm. The German part of the lyrics is "Das Lied schläft in der Maschine" - "The song sleeps in the machine".

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