Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Faust: Faust IV (1973)

Faust is a Krautrock band. Perhaps I should have written that Faust is a legendary Krautrock band. Krautrock refers to a form of music that came out of Germany in the late 1960s. Wikipedia says this:

"Largely divorced from the traditional blues and rock and roll influences of British and American rock music up to that time, the period contributed to the evolution of electronic music and ambient music as well as the birth of post-punk, alternative rock and new-age music. Key artists associated with the tag include Can, Amon Düül II, Ash Ra Tempel, Faust, Popol Vuh, Cluster, Harmonia, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Neu!, and Kraftwerk." [source]

We will encounter more of this music as I move ever so slowly down the alphabet of my collection. (Sadly, all of my Can albums are on CD). Obviously, Faust IV is the fourth record from the band. It took 21 years for a further album to be released. The title track, incidentally entitled Krautrock, is a work of absolute genius. Just relax, and listen to this amazing piece of music, below. The entire record doesn't sound like this, as evidenced by tracks such as The Sad Skinhead.

Some Faust fans refer to this record as a sell-out, noting that that band had lost an edge. I still think this is a great record.

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