Album Reviews

Who is FAUST and why should I care?


According to the Dictionary, “Faust is the protagonist of a classic German Legend; a highly successful scholar but one dissatisfied with his life that therefore makes a pact with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.”

I am referring to a German music group in this blog. Krautrock is the way to categorize this type of sound. The word translates to “rock and electronic music which influenced experimental music which also originated in that country during the late 60’s.”

That basically means if you are a fan of adventurous, gleefully demented noise, and you haven’t heard of Faust, then there is actually no reason for you to avoid this. It’s weird and brilliant. Their self titled first album is an excellent masterpiece but is an acquired taste.

Their music took a critical reflection on art of a kind of expressionism, surrealism, absurdism, perhaps even cabaret elements and somehow exploded this all into a medium of strange, fantastic, ugly, and even bizarre music.

Just three strange long songs titled:

1) Why Don’t You Eat Carrots?
2) Meadow Meal
3) Miss Fortune

Give it a spin…..if you can find it!

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