German krautrock pioneer Faust celebrates over 40 years since its debut album in 1971 by adding Something Dirty to the band’s insanely expansive discography. Something Dirty’s 13 tracks represent the broad range of Faust’s powerful avant-rock industrial sound that has been constantly evolving for decades. The album hits hard from the beginning, driving through “Tell The Bitch To Go Home” with heavy distortion then prolonging epic build-ups that are rich with diverse instrumentation in tracks like “Herbststimmung.” Most of Something Dirty revolves around Slint-like spoken word tracks that lack structure but pack a “we don’t give a fuck” punk attitude that rises above the great contrast between tracks and ties the album together.
The pounding mechanics that grind the gears of Something Dirty never move in a constant direction. The album is more like a kinetic sculpture—constantly churning but without any motive or reason other than its pure existence. The track “Whet” is like a minimalist take on the distorted flanger effected guitars of Can, the title track “Something Dirty” features bright intensifying chords interrupted by electronics and noise, and then the album ends with Geraldine Swayne’s hypnotic vocals gliding alongside a distorted whammy bar on “La Sole Dorée.”
Having been a part of the krautrock movement from the beginning, Faust simply can’t go wrong. Something Dirty should please fans solely based on the fact that the relatively aimless soundscape will piss some listeners off—but it will definitely convert some haters as well. Whether sweet, creepy, epic or hilarious, all 13 tracks on the album represent Faust’s ability to dismantle the structures inherently embedded in our musical expectations and free us into a world of unique and thoughtful organized layers of sound.