Boomkat Product Review:
After last year's 1971-74 box set release, containing the first four studio albums and for the first time ever this lost 'last' album recording, 'Punkt' gets a deserved and necessary stand alone release.
Known as the "Munich album" by fans, "Punkt" is Krautrock legends Faust's lost "last" album, and has finally been released as a stand-alone after inclusion in the 1971-74 box set. "Punkt" means period or full stop in German, so it's the perfect title for the final (before their 1994 rebirth) set from iconoclastic German pioneers Faust. The band recorded it in Munich after returning from a doomed UK tour - it was supposed to be released on Richard Branson's Virgin label, following their impressive 1973 "The Faust Tapes" full-length, but after ten days of recording Branson never paid the bill for the studio. The band were arrested until their family paid off the studio, and the master tapes were hidden in a secret location until they were dug up decades later.
It feels like a privilege to finally hear the album in all its glory, but its understandable why Faust were misunderstood at the time. "Punkt" is uncompromisingly strange, running through noise rock, jazz, avant electronics, blues and psychedelic skronk sounds with a recklessness that's peak Faust - it's not as cut-n-paste as "The Faust Tapes" or as droned-out as "Faust IV", but is equally as impressive. Hight points come from the long-form 'Knochentanz', that ties muted trumpet blasts to a slowly-escalating beat and layered waves of guitar noise, and the eerie piano-led 'Schön Rund'. Recommended.