Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Record label: Bureau B
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental
As strange and chaotic as the journey of Germany's Faust has been since 1970, one thing has been constant: no matter what they have issued, in whatever incarnation, Faust have never sounded like anyone else. They have been a myth since the very beginning, and a mystery to all but one another. C'est Com...Com...Compliqué, issued in early 2009, was recorded by the studio incarnation of Faust: original members Jean Hervé Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier along with Amaury Cambuzat of French vanguard rock outfit Ulan Bator.
Can transformed into a bunch of softcore world music enthusiasts. Kraftwerk disowned their art school roots and dedicated themselves to futurist pop. Among Duul II and Guru Guru refined their prog-metal edges to the cornball extreme like Guru Guru’s Brain Records labelmates the Scorpions. Once fiercely dissonant groups like the psychedelic noise of Ash Ra Tempel and the more industrial Kluster transmogrified into puddles of plinky synth new ageisms.
Unpredictability is exactly what is necessary to fuel a collective through four decades of innovation. Faust have pushed rock music through many envelopes since their 1971 debut. Even the aesthetics of 1971’s packaging was a breakthrough, with its milky-hued vinyl, transparent jacket and black screen-print on the clear insert. Although Faust’s post-millennium content may not be as groundbreaking as their prior accomplishments, their longevity extends their colossal impact to absurd proportions.C’est… Com… Com… Compliqué is superb, a monument that could only have been sculpted by the group’s original hands.
Last we heard from Krautrock forefathers Faust, the band – now down to just two original members – collaborated with Steven Stapleton’s Nurse with Wound on the album disconnected, released in accordance with an avant-garde music festival in 2007 on bassist Jean-Herve Peron’s Art-Errorist label. Peron contributed on bass, Werner “Zappi” Diermaier led the way on drums and Amaury Cambuzat, of the like-minded 1990s French group Ulan Bator, held down guitar duties. C’est Com...Com...Complique collects the original material from the disconnected remixes.