Faust – The Sad Skinhead To test smoothness
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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