Einsturzende Neubauten - The Jewels 12"
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The 15 tracks that eventually comprised the 2008 release The Jewels were first made available one at a time only as website downloads at various points between 2006 and 2007 before being compiled onto a standard CD release. Using a game (called "DAVE," for the record) that had both deliberate and enigmatic instructions on each card, the band generated ideas -- without telling each other what their cards were inscribed with -- that were then used to construct and complete tracks within a day or two. Adding another unconventional element to the process, the lyrics were based on dreams. Yet while the methodology might have been unusual, all told the results really aren't uncharacteristic of Einstürzende Neubauten, if perhaps not as noisy as what listeners familiar with their most celebrated work might anticipate.