Regarding the theme of Faustian Echoes, Agalloch vocalist/guitarist John Haughm said, "The lyrics are taken directly from an English translation of Goethe's Faust. We used select phrases and film samples to create the narrative which, together, outlines the backbone of the original story." The film samples are from Jan Svankmajer's 1994 film Faust.
Agalloch released Faustian Echoes in conjunction with their summer 2012 North American tour, with it being made available via streaming and digital download at first, and LP and CD versions only available at the shows during the tour and available via mail order after the tour. Cover art of release is etching Faust Lisant (Faust Reading) by Salvador Dalí.