Faust are back to scare the living shit out of us and follow up on the most pressing questions of their career -- like "Why don't you eat carrots?" - with a brand new record. The seasoned krautrock crew plotted, designed, built and tore down three new tracks for j U s t (also known as Just Us, in a confusing court ruling worthy of only this band). This will be weird, I should say.
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Faust are now merely a duo, the previously splintered group having had one faction shut down by Irmler, the other remaining participants Jean-Herve Peron and Zappi Diermaier returning with this thought-provoking effort, one that I like hugely but has seemingly caused a little despondency within the FFF (Faust Fan Fraternity). These guys make free rock for themselves dudes, that's why I love them.
I mean, 'Geubelt' merges atmospheric bass pulse and portentous drum rolls to create a cavernous atmosphere that explodes into this remarkable free-rock jam with a raw, jagged scratchy guitar riffing off into space whilst the drums collapse, stagger and stumble around the musty psychedelic melee. A kicking opener that doesn't reflect the tone of the remaining record at all. Hahaha.
Further on it gets even more insane with disordered rim-shot percussion, twangy acoustic guitar abuse and meandering bass. Some lush widescreen production on this really brings this warm, playful free-jazz mayhem to life. I cannot quite believe this track is by what remains of Faust, It sounds quite unlike them. You forget that they're jazz players essentially. It's difficult to pick things out for individual perusal as we have here a very skeletal, seemingly improvised record with a more acoustically resonant organic aesthetic.
A loser framework, a freer narrative, very little song structure to speak of. Pieces flower, scurry, scatter and decay. A piano will be thumped, The thrum of an amp may supply a deep drone. Some cool electro-acoustic shit will run into frame, panic, then exit stage right. There's a track where one of them seems to be sawing through a piece of wood, musically. Then out come the maracas. The use of the sound of space is duly noted. The result is a willfully eccentric but consistently enjoyable experience. Like the music for an art installation at times. Proper feral madness.
'jUSt' is a very casual, mad-eyed and curious experiment that represents the wilderness call that Faust have always been listening out for and often respond to. I didn't actually enjoy the last LP, 'Something Dirty', I thought it was a step too far into standard rock dynamics, I missed the wayward unpredictability that makes Faust such a mystifying proposition. 'jUSt' certainly delivers on that front and is all the more electrifying for it. Just don't expect any tunes.
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