Faust – Faust

Krautrock; 1971

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It was hard to pick an album to do first after taking such a long break. Mostly because I hadn’t listened to anything in so long. I also wanted to add to one of the genre sections that I’ve been ignoring. Which is basically everything but Rock. I’m kind of cheating here, this is technically Experimental Rock but I like to think of it as Experimental music with Rock influences where as Rock music with Experimental influences would be more like Mr. Bungle or Portal. Krautrock is what the movement of German Avant-garde Rock musicians in the 70s was called. I don’t know much about it but I think Faust is one of the bigger names to emerge from it. The album is three songs long. Why Don’t You Eat Carrots? clocks in at 9:34. Meadow Meal is unfortunately the shortest song on the album at 8:05. And the last track on the album is Miss Fortune at 16:36.

Why Don’t You Eat Carrots is an interesting choice as the first track. It seems more like a closer. It begins with noises. As every Experimental song must. The noises sound like (probably are) guitar feedback, in the same vein as Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. There’s static and different voices fading in and out, like trying to find a working station on a radio with no signal. There’s some piano played before it kicks into this bizarre circus tune. I’ve never seen Stephen King’s IT but I understand it’s a horror movie involving clowns. I’d imagine this tune would be extremely appropriate for a scene where an evil clown jumps out of nowhere with a knife. Trumpets and expressionist chord structures. It becomes the overall theme of the song for a couple reasons. About 4 minutes of the song are spent on it including the outro and a big chunk of the middle. It’s also one of the few instances of music on the song. If I was asked to hum the song, I would hum the trumpet part, since humming guitar feedback and radio static is probably pretty hard.

Meadow Meal also starts off with noises. Surprise, surprise. Echoes of drums and chimes and a piano. Vocals come in around 2:35. They’re in English even though the band is German. You could confuse the band for a British Prog band at this point of the song. Slightly after the third minute begins it’s clear that this is the most Rock-ish song on the album. There’s some really great guitar and organ work with drums forming a good backing although they’re edited to be pretty quiet. There’s a guitar riff and solo for about a minute and a half. And then back to noises. The sound of a thunderstorm, this time. The song ends with a Baroque-style organ solo.

Finally, Miss Fortune, which actually doesn’t start with noises. It starts where the Baroque-style organ left off as drums and guitar come in again. Guitar feedback here, but not as grating as in the first track. It goes into a sort of feedback solo that’s pretty unique. Around the 7th minute the song picks up again after a bit of a silence at the end of the guitar solo. The drums kick in finally and the drummer gets a chance to shine, which he does well. Then there’s one more guitar solo that’s ended abruptly by an interruption from the piano. There’s a few more noises and the song ends with a poem read by two of the band members, word by word, which I thought was a fit ending even though I would have liked the opening track to end it instead.

So why should you listen to this? Well, it requires a bit of patience. It’s a good album for people who already enjoy atonalities and overused musical eccentricities. I wouldn’t say it could be a good bridge into the genre however Meadow Meal can function as a solid Rock song and is probably the most accessible song. If you do enjoy Experimental stuff though, you’re in for a treat, there’s some really great sounds on here, it’s almost a mix of The Residents and King Crimson and Metal Machine Music. Prog Rock influences are present but there’s no denying that this album focuses mainly on more grotesque sounds.

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

Stand-out track:
Meadow Meal

-Jerry

6 Responses to “Faust – Faust”

  1. Thanks for a link, very epic band!

  2. Distance Equals Rate etc etc Says:

    Oh dog

    I swear I cannot listen to this album without bursting in laughter

  3. Distance Equsl Rate Tiemsl dsalkfj Says:

    But I’m laughing because yeah, it’s just so goddamn weird

    • Nah I disagree. Metal Machine Music is terrible for recreational listening but this album and Sun O))) and lots of other Drone/Noise/Experimental music seem to have a lot more purpose. Metal Machine Music is noise for the sake of noise. This is actually music.

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