Faust – The Sad Sk­in­head To test smooth­ness

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1973’s Faust IV was the leg­endary/no­to­ri­ous band’s fi­nal re­lease for over 20 years – and it’s a mea­sure of just how chal­leng­ingly ’other’ Faust’s out­put was that, at the time, fans de­rided The Sad Sk­in­head as de­press­ingly con­ven­tional and song-like.

Pushed to the limit

For our pur­poses, though, it’s a tune that ex­am­ines the smooth­ness of your set-up’s high-fre­quency char­ac­ter like lit­tle else. Al­though quite dis­ci­plined by Faust’s sprawl­ing stan­dards, by any con­ven­tional mea­sure it’s a bit of an odd­ball – the yelling, the per­cus­sive shak­ers, the shrill gui­tar and fleet­ing key­board in­puts, the prim­i­tive marimba phrases are all, it seems, recorded in the red. So un­less you pre­fer your sys­tem to sound as abra­sive as ex­posed fuse-wire, it’ll need to keep all these com­pet­ing erup­tions on the right side of ’ear-split­ting’.

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