Boomkat Product Review:
The groundbreaking free audness of ‘The Faust Tapes’ returns to circulation as part of the comprehensive Faust boxset with Bureau B, reissuing a true fringe classic that influenced a whole generation of proto-punks and beyond.
One of krautrock’s greatest and near-mythical units, Faust drew strength from an anarchic sense of communality and freedom that made their music so distinct and open-ended, inspiring everyone from NWW, Joy Division and Julian Cope to Surgeon and Gnod with their against-the-grain approach and polarising results. 1973’s fractured mosaic of ether drones, chamber pop, howling free abstraction, noisy experiments and psychy motorik prangs contained in ‘The Faust Tapes’ is among the wildest achievements from their unparalleled early years, and still holds as a bewildering, non-linear experience nearly 50 years after it was recorded.
Issued the same year as their equally seminal collab with Tony Conrad, ‘Outside the Dream Syndicate’ and their ‘Faust IV’ classic; ‘The Faust Tapes’ have lost none of their ability to send the mind reeling, trying to connect it all in real time as they rupture the fabric of rock in every direction with each track. It’s proper iconoclastic shit for the bold ones out there, and this reissue will no doubt introduce a new wave of ears to a perennial classic whose spiky leaves have littered and nourished the forest floor of avant-rock, psychedelia and noise ever since.