Faust - Faust IV (1974)

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Opener "Krautrock" is a drone-based instrumental where the drums kick in only after seven minutes, whilst later tracks such as "The Sad Skinhead" and "Jennifer" employ more conventional songwriting techniques. The medley including "Picnic on a Frozen River, deuxième tableau" is a rework of a track from the previous album Faust So Far. The closing track "It's a Bit of a Pain" combines both styles, utilising noise during its chorus. In "It's a Bit of a Pain" the band samples a sound clip, starting at 1:38, with a Swedish speaking woman saying "Den enkla sanningen är att en del män är håriga och andra inte är det. En del kvinnor har mycket hår och andra har det inte. Olika raser har olika mönster för hårets fördelning. Den virilaste av alla mänskliga varelser, den unge negerhanen, har nästan inget kroppshår alls." which roughly translates into "The simple truth is that some men are hairy and some are not. Some women have lots of hair and others don't. Different races have different patterns of distribution of hair on their bodies. The most sexually active specimen of all human creatures, the young negro male, have almost no body hair at all.".

The album was recorded at the Manor Studios in England. As sessions took too long to complete, producer Nettelbeck opted to complete the album with material that was recorded at previous sessions in Wümme, Germany. These additions include "Krautrock" (previously aired on the John Peel show) and "It's a Bit of a Pain" (previously released as a single in Germany).
Tracks
01. Krautroct
02. The Sad Skinhead
03. Jennifer
04. Just a Second (Starts Like That!) / Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxième Tableau
05. Giggy Smile
06. Läuft...Heißt das es läuft oder es kommt bald...Läuft
07. It's a Bit of a Pain
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