Charlie Bertsch / 01 Jun 2022

Germany’s Long 1960s

Punkt, by Faust

For the first twenty seconds, the opening track of Faust’s “new” album Punkt conjures a soft, roomy soundscape, like most of the material they have released since their partial reunion in the 1990s.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 05 Apr 2019

Exploding German Identity Politics

Rammstein’s Deutschland

The hysteria was predictable. Posing as both concentration camp inmates and their Nazi executioners, the video for Rammstein’s new song “Deutschland” was destined to infuriate one demographic, just as selecting a black actress, Ruby Commey, to personify Germania, was bound to piss off another.(...)