Sons Of Faust is an ambient/electronic musical project founded in 2020 by George Miadis. Miadis collaborated with Panagiotis Chatzistefanou (Berlin, Germany) who is the owner of Psychonaut Elite Records and the creative director of the project. We first heard from and reviewed the release A Memorable Prophecy in 2021 and they are now back with Vital Delusions.
They mention “Sons of Faust make music inspired by obscure soundtracks, ambient dreamscapes, library oddities, experimental rock and synth pop; their sound is uchronic, not so much timeless as existing in an idealized time, a recurring moment which commemorates the betrayal between memory and history.”
I agree. This is very much a soundscape based album but more along a song type structure. It’s not as formless as say Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brain Eno but not nearly as conventional as a pop song format.
"Better Days," the album's opening track, sets the stage for a mesmerizing experience spanning almost ten minutes. Beginning with a minimalist arrangement featuring electric piano and vocals, the composition gradually unfolds, incorporating airy synths, reverb-laden guitars and expansive drums. The ‘70s-infused aesthetic adds a nostalgic touch, and the vocals, enhanced with subtle effects, contribute to the overall allure. The song traverses various soundscapes, culminating in an epic and triumphant outro.
"Farewell Aldebaran" takes the listener on a cosmic voyage, conjuring imagery of space exploration. Sci-fi-infused sounds transport us to an alien planet, building in intensity and delivering delightful surprises throughout—a triumph in spirit. The groove-infused "You Came Too Late" employs electronic drums, orchestral elements and synths, accompanied by spoken vocals with a robotic quality reminiscent of Radiohead's "Fitter Happier."
The track "Revolution (In the Summertime)" emerges as a potential single, boasting a catchy vocal melody and an irresistible hook, unexpectedly incorporating elements of post-punk and new wave. "How Insensitive" explores experimental soundscapes, providing a introspective turn before leading into the album's closer, "Pretty Girl." Dark, ominous, mysterious and grand, this track showcases exceptional sound design with an otherworldly quality, reminiscent of the late Scott Walker.
In a year still in its infancy, Sons Of Faust's Vital Delusions stands out as an exceptional release, a testament to their innovative approach within the ambient/electronic/experimental genre. This album has the potential to become one of the most celebrated releases of the year. Highly recommended.
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