Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Faust - So Far

From 1972, this is by far my favourite Faust album. Quite different to the more famous 'Faust Tapes', this has no tape cut-ups and weird juxtaposition, instead going for relatively conventional song structure, and a fairly normal sound palette for 1972. This doesn't seem to restrict their creative tendencies at all, and the resulting tracks are a heady mish mash of pastoral folk, crazed ramblings, hazy psychedelia and wild oddball grooves. The title track is a brilliant space stomp groove: a loping rhythm section chunters along with horn stabs, over an undulating landscape of sublimely trippy textures and effects.
Varied, inventive, and often quite beautiful, there is still a healthy dose of weirdness, and I find this a really enjoyable listen.

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5 comments:

Bethany said...

Thanks for the Faust! I like what I've heard! Here is something for you, if you want: http://www.mediafire.com/?0yxxtxn1jw9

Ye-Beardy Menuhin said...

Hmmm... well I'll give it a go.. but i remember walking out of Faust gig with you a few years back, after 20 minutes of chains clanking on railway lines behind a gauze curtain as we were mightily underwhelmed (although I did like the 'Hey Mickey' drum-beat...

Yogradius said...

Actually, you left me asleep in my seat while you went to the bar for the remainder of the gig!

Anonymous said...

i liked the album...it is strange, absurd...almost silly

Yogradius said...

Just like life is, my anonymous friend!