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Faun Fables — Born Of The Sun (July 22, 2016)

Faun Fables — Born Of The Sun (July 22, 2016)

        Faun Fables — Born Of The Sun (July 22, 2016) Faun Fables — Born Of The Sun (July 22, 2016)♠   Dvojice zpívá špatně strukturované refrény: “We never shower, we never shave / We just swim in the river and we never bathe”. Na celkovém vyznění alba to však nejenom není znát, spíše je od začátku do konce oslavou zpěvu, Zeppelinovské akustiky a nádherných melodií, dost podobných pracím Incredible String Band. Hvězdou alba je Jenny Scheinman na violin, celkově však je to vyvážená kolektivní práce všech devíti hudebníků a špičkové práce na mixu (Dan Rathbun/Faun Fables). Když ve druhé polovině přijde ke slovu Morriconeho harmonika v písni “O My Stars”, už vím, že Faun Fables přišli v pravou chvíli s vysoce nadprůměrným albem pro naše potěšení. Bay area–based ensemble led by Dawn McCarthy, mixing folk, indie–rock, cabaret, and avant–garde influences.Location: Sonoma County, CA
Album release: July 22, 2016
Styles: Indie Folk, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo–Psychedelia
Record Label: Drag City
Duration:     53:30
01 Holding The Sky     0:29
02 Ydun     5:17
03 Goodbye     5:08
04 Ta Nasza Mlodosc     4:05
05 Country House Waits     4:32
06 Madmen & Dogs     5:17
07 Born Of The Sun     5:47
08 Wild Kids Rant     2:26
09 Outing In The County     4:47
10 O My Stars     3:57
11 Invitation     4:45
12 Mountain     7:00
Written by:
♠   Dawn McCarthy     2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
♠   Zygmunt Konieczny / Dawn McCarthy / Tadeusz Sliwiak     4
♠   Dawn McCarthy
♠   Nils Frykdahl
»   Katherine Copenhaver Photography
»   Faun Fables Arranger, Mixing
»   Edda Frykdahl Choir/Chorus
»   Gudrin Frykdahl Choir/Chorus
»   Nils Frykdahl Flute, Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Voices
»   Ura Frykdahl Choir/Chorus
»   Zygmunt Konieczny Composer
»   Michael McCamish Photography
»   Dawn McCarthy Composer, Design, Drums, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Layout, Photography, Voices
»   Dan Osborn Design, Layout
»   Dan Rathbun Mixing
»   Jenny Scheinman Violin
»   Tadeusz Sliwiak Composer
»   Mark Stikman Harmonica, Mastering, MixingAbout this product
♠   Tongues slap and flutes trill! The wild spirit of Dawn the Faun has returned, raising the young in the light of each new day and playing around the fire to welcome back the spirits at night. The bounty and exuberance of NOW, under the eternal skies of yesterday and tomorrow —
♠   Since 1998, Faun Fables has represented the musical world of Dawn McCarthy, visited in collaboration with her partner Nils Frykdhal. In early times, their wild spirit roamed the streets and hills of the SF–Oakland community and, pilgrim–like, wandered the world, self releasing music before continuing onward to create six albums for Drag City. Six years have passed in highly dramatic, entirely everyday fashion since their last album, Light of A Vaster Dark. Born of the Sun is forged in the crucible of NOW, and as such has a feeling apart from the previous phases of Faun Fables. Riding along with Mother Nature, Dawn and Nils and the kids (whose vocals on “Wild Kids Rant” suggest they are following their parents path into the forest) are embracing the phenomena of creation as they move inexorably forward. Born of the Sun is the bountiful and exuberant album of this place and time, so go forth and mark your calendars for July 22nd!
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek;  Score: ****
♠   After five years, pagan psych–folk outfit Faun Fables return with their sixth full–length, Born of the Sun. Unlike its most recent predecessors, Light of a Vaster Dark and The Transit Rider, this is a collection of songs recorded over a period of years based on centered themes rather than a structured concept. Singer/songwriter/multi–instrumentalist Dawn McCarthy offers an earthy series of meditations on the ritual aspects of everyday life: raising children and embracing the wilderness, family, friends, and events of home and hearth. Multi–instrumentalist partner Nils Frykdahl and their collaborators (Mark Stikman on harmonica and Jenny Scheinman on violins) color these proceedings with an expansive, sometimes nearly exotic musical and sonic palette that nonetheless always sounds organic. Faun Fables have always woven European song traditions into a music that readily reveals its seams, but bears an idiosyncratic, original identity. The album’s brief intro, “Holding the Sky,” entirely comprises flute trills playing in counterpoint. “YDUN” has an unusual arrangement that simultaneously recalls the Watersons’ Frost and Fire, Pentangle’s chamber–esque jazz inventions, the occult folk on Led Zeppelin III, and Far Eastern whole–tone drones. First single “O My Stars” juxtaposes modal country–blues and Old English and Appalachian folk with rumbling hand drums, a lonely Morricone–esque harmonica, and marimba. On “Country House Waits,” folk–blues, drone, psychedelia, medieval plainsong, circular percussion, glockenspiel, and Tibetan throat singing frame a lyric anthem about learning to be a mother. Lyrically and vocally, McCarthy is able to imbue impermanent daily life with glimpses of the eternal. It’s followed by “Madmen & Dogs,” where McCarthy and Frykdahl duet in a darkly tinged folk processional that borders on doom rock. “Ta Nasza Mlodosc” (Polish for “In Our Youth”) is a reimagined cover of a song by Zygmunt Konieczny and Tadeusz Sliwak with English lyrics by McCarthy. It’s a gorgeous meld of Polish folk song, contrapuntal madrigal singing, fado, and psychedelic folk that builds in intensity until the narrative nearly shatters. “Wild Kids Rant” is exactly that, with funky jazz flute, staccato rhythmic cadences, and vocals frantically chanted by the whole family (children included). Set closer “Mountain” is a mini suite. It commences with reverbed yodeling before a collision of modes and art song zigzag through the tune’s body — think Demis Roussos and Catherine Ribeiro duetting in English — atop skittering, angular post–punk guitars, thundering timpani, and other percussion. The songwriting on Born of the Sun is wider and more focused; the performances and warm production are much more immediate. Combined, they offer the most “accessible” offering in Faun Fables’ catalog (relatively speaking), thus adding a new dimension to an already compelling, complex musical persona. http://www.allmusic.com/
Label: http://www.dragcity.com/
Website: http://www.faunfables.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faunfablesmusic/                                                                   © Photo by Katherine Copenhaver

Faun Fables — Born Of The Sun (July 22, 2016)


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