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FAUST

Faust

 

Krautrock

3.81 | 146 ratings

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con safo
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4 stars An insane experience!

A truly original Krautrock album, Faust's first album is one of the most psychedelic and experimental albums ever released, the sounds this band creates are not of this world! Faust sufficiently blends groundbreaking electronic effects and 60's psychedelia into one insane combination. The album packaging was just as weird as the music, the vinyl being clear and a sleeve with an x-ray hand on it. Many bands were experimenting with electronic sounds at the time, but Faust took it farther than anyone else, elevating the traditional psych/hippie-folk song to insane new levels. It isn't exactly and easy listen, and is NOT for the faint of heart. The opening track, "Why don't you eat carrots" opens with heavily distorted slide guitar, dense sheets of fuzzy guitar swell until they are interrupted by some nice piano, but not for long. The song takes another sonic turn and we enter an eerie circus -like jam. The vocals in this one are quite weird, but then again, this is Faust! The music is soon overcome by intense electronic noodling, and what sounds like a conversation. The song ends with electronic experimentation, but the main musical motif returns throughout the chaos. "Meadow Meal" features some very odd vocals, the first part of the song being somewhat normal, some dissonant vocal melodies followed by a traditional psych jam. The second part of the track is sounds of a thunderstorm overheard, soon joined by atmospheric organ that brings the song to a dreamy close. The album ends with the 16-minute opus "Miss Fortune", which again combines the bands love for late 60's psychedelia, and complete insanity. The song opens with a very psychedelic jam, fuzzbox guitar and bizarre electronic noodling make up the first 5 minutes, until the song (in true Faust fashion) falls into utter madness. Unusual vocals accompanie a slow building instrumental, until it takes off in far-out splendor. The minimilast keys create an dense texture alongside odd electronic experimentation.

I wouldn't go as far as to recommend this to new prog fans, but for fans of the Krautrock genre, this can't be missed!

4/5

con safo | 4/5 |

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