Faust - Something Dirty (2011)
Faust - legendary avant-garde recording artists who released incredible, ground-breaking records in the early 70s and broke up in 1975. But they never really went away and stayed busy under the radar. They officially reunited in the early 90's and released their first album after 20 years in 1995, the dense, monolithic RIEN. In the last few years the rejuvenated band, consisting of two original members and various collaborators, has been quite active, releasing C'EST COM...COM...COMPLIQUE in 2009. There is actually an alternate version of Faust featuring original member Hans Joachim Irmler that released the album FAUST IS LAST in 2010. The version of the band on SOMETHING DIRTY includes original members Zappi (drums) and Jean-Hevre Peron (bass). Although these artists parted ways and created two incarnations of Faust, they respect each other and don't seem interested in getting lawyers involved to fight over the name. Thank goodness!
SOMETHING DIRTY is the latest album and it has plenty of harsh, metallic industrial music and heavy, primitive drums. Lots of intense guitar washes and freak-outs. There's also a softer, eerie, almost sexy side to this album, thanks especially to the sensual vocals of new member Geraldine Swayne.
Maybe I'm just thrilled to have another new Faust album, but I find this music to be inviting, almost a "listener-friendly" version of Faust. However, only fans already familiar with their music are likely to feel this way. There is no real "shock of the new," but in its place is an exciting, satisfying listen for those who love Faust and are hungry for more. Certainly SOMETHING DIRTY is far removed from anything mainstream, full of strange sounds and intriguing left turns. Fans of Sonic Youth (with whom they once toured with) and Einsturzende Neubauten would definitely go for this. If you can appreciate bizarre, occasionally grating music this is fantastic stuff. And if you haven't already, by all means pick up their mind-blowing albums from the 70s - FAUST, SO FAR, THE FAUST TAPES and IV. While I love SOMETHING DIRTY, these early records remain some of the most bizarre, tripped-out recordings I've ever heard. And I'm kicking myself just to admit this, but I'm only now discovering what may be the best stuff I've heard from them yet - YOU KNOW FAUST and especially RAVVIVANDO.