Faust/ Meadow Meal
Faust was kind of a link between two leading krautrock bands in the late sixties/early seventies: Amon Düül II ( see 2 days ago) which was pure hippie psychedelia, and Can, which, like Neu and Kraftwerk, drew heavily from the Velvet Underground approach. They often sounded like preparing for a future which was then rapidly taking shape: loud, bizzy, relentless, industrial, confusing,… yes, fun days were over.
Popol Vuh, another truly enigmatic band from the late sixties, was totally different. In a way, it was the antidote. Together with bands like Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel in Germany, the early solo work of people like Brian Eno ( ‘Evening Star’, with Robert Fripp!) ànd through developments in minimalist classical music (f.i. Michael Nyman or Gavin Bryars with his impressive. ‘Sinking of the Titanic’), they paved the way for what later became the hugely popular New Age style of music.
Tracks by Popol Vuh, Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel probably coming tomorrow.