Faust / NWW — Disconnected
(art-errorist D/DIS1/07, 2007, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01
2007 has seen some interesting musical pairings of young and old. First there was Acid Mothers Temple and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and now we have Faust and Steven Stapleton (Nurse with Wound) collaborating on a joint release. The standard edition of Disconnected has four tracks “Lass Mich,” “Disconnected,” “Tu m’Entends?” and “It Will Take Time.” “Lass Mich” is an energetic combination of Faust’s signature Krautrock experimentations and Stapleton’s tape manipulations, edits, and unique vision. “Disconnected” is an eerie and quiet ambient piece, more NWW than Faust. “Tu m’Entends?” has a calm Faustian ambiance that evolves into a bizarre realm of squeaks, alien noises, and disembodied voices that are knit together by the hypnotic drums. “It Will Take Time” is a wonderful ambient piece accompanied by an inventive bass line. There is also a special limited edition with two bonus cover tunes: John Cage’s “Silence” and, of all things, Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain.” I could wax poetic on their intelligent approach to “Silence,” but that would be pretentious as it is really just dead silence. The Dylan cover was recorded live and is completely unrecognizable. There is only a passing resemblance to some of Dylan’s lyrics and they are sung sometimes in German, French, or English. This may be the harshest song on the CD. Overall, this is a pretty cool release and sure to please fans of either band.
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