Neubaten New Music
By Classic Pop | October 9, 2014
Veteran industrial noise makers Einsturzende Neubaten release new concept album Lament on November 24.
The German pioneers’ first new album since 2007’s Alles Wieder Offen, Lament was commissioned by the Belgian town of Diksmuide to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. Primarily designed to be performed live, Lament is a performance and installation work.
The five-piece use self-built metal constructions, found objects, technology and voices to perform Lament. As well as new songs, Lament includes covers of two jazz songs from the era, readings of Belgian author Paul Van Den Broek, Marlene Dietrich’s version of folk song Where Have All The Flowers Gone, wax cylinder recordings of German World War I soldiers reciting Bible passages and a 1920s cabaret piece written by German performer Joseph Plaut.
Neubaten leader Blixa Bargeld, who is also now a member of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, said: “War is not something that appears and disappears. War is something that is always there. It sometimes moves and it sometimes doesn’t move. It doesn’t break out like the plague. It’s there.”
Lament receives its British premiere with a one-off performance at London Koko on November 19.