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4.33 | 10 ratings | 3 reviews | 60% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Scenes From A Dream (6:30)
2. Every Wave Its Prey (4:43)
3. The Path (10:08)
4. Way To The Sun (4:56)
5. A Perfect Place (10:40)
6. The Path (Reprise) (1:44)
7. Dawn (20:24)

Total time: 59:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Jan-Peer Hartmann / 12-string electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
- Nils Hartmann / drums, flute, guitar, vocals
- Jan Hecker-Stampehl / keyboards
- Falk Hartmann / 4 & 6 string fretless bass, vocals
- Kirsten Middeke / viola, flute, vocals

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CD Firefield Records 784-2196 (2011) Germany

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FAVNI / EX FAUNS Awaiting the Sun reviews

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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Berlin-based Fauns now include a follow up album to their stunning debut Leaffall (over which I "fawned" effusively!) and while the kitchen menu remains pretty much intact , some of the cooks have changed, with the departure of the lead guitarist Paul Lesny , keyboardist Mira Stübing and Maya Langholz' rather magical female vocals. 'Kein problem' as new keysman Jan Hecker-Stampehl is in and the vocals are handled by the three male Hartmann brothers who alter the overall mood only very slightly while flutist/violinist Kirsten Middeke provides the continuance of Maya's vocal flame . There is that same strong folk vibe intertwined with some harsher guitar sounds (which made Leaffall such a joyous surprise) but now owning a perhaps more refined sound. The screeching leads are goose bumping, the keyboard colorations grandiose and the acoustic guitar continues to sparkle in the gothic mist.

As with the debut, this sophomore recording has 3 ambitious pieces that simply startle and stun. Two explosive 10 minute epics "The Path" and "A Perfect Place" combine with the 20 minute finale, the luscious "Dawn". They alone define clearly the style and scope of this original band as described on their website: "The Fauns combine acoustic instruments with rock appeal, folkloristic influences with elements of progressive rock, melancholic moments with sound explosions. Flutes, viola and various acoustic guitars interact with keyboards and electric guitars; complex structures and odd time signatures are an integral part of the musical style. There is no one category into which the Fauns allow themselves to be put; their music thrives on the variety of its different influences, the unifying element being intensity of emotion and atmosphere". Jawohl! The truth lies amid the wondrous tracks that merge splendidly into the ultimate prog-folk escapism, conjuring up deep and vivid images that seem to weave serene shadows with dark wisps of lore. The occasional mellotron swells laced with acoustic guitar rekindle fond memories of early Genesis circa Trespass, the lush male vocals and atmospherics will wink at Mariusz Duda's Lunatic Soul and the attention to detail is simply sublime.

"The Path" is perhaps the finest piece here, full of breath, contrast and musicality. The main melody is achingly gorgeous from the get-go, a shiny musical corridor on which the emotion is layered exquisitely, lush with vivid and romantic passages, again shepherded by twinkling acoustic guitars and sweet yet trembling child-like vocals from Kirsten. The flutes flutter, the piano pounces and the bass booms mightily. Time is not of the essence, as the dreamy expanse slithers forward, enchanting and voluptuous. The mellotron-laden finale is straight out of the early Genesis catalogue, stylish ebb and flow with bird chirpings for effect. Stunning!

"A Perfect Place" is harder-edged, gritty, rambunctious and swooning, flowing from one extreme to another, where greasy guitar drones collide with lush acoustic orchestrations and finally providing a melancholic lead vocal that seems almost dizzy and soporific, as if trekking through a dense forest carpeted by magical mushrooms, disobedient branches and rebellious shrubs, occasionally disturbed by a furtively muffled wild animal growl. Welcome to the land of grey and black, awaiting the arrival of the sun. This is not quiet and placid at all, by any stretch, testimony to the band's musical vision of constant change.

"Dawn" in contrast, takes it sweet time in blooming, a languid acoustic guitar crescendo is first established, weaving a sophisticated melody that is supported by flute and mellotron, both languorous and seductive , beckoning the somber male and female vocals as if a chant dedicated to the arrival of the light that warms the earth. The extended and intricate guitar work is elevated by a superb organ solo from the new man, abetted by some forceful drumming and ultimately spiced up with dazzling flute. Only then does the electric axe kick in, albeit only to ratchet up the tension with fuzzy restraint and endless sustain. And then, it's back to square one, start all over gain, creating a bewildering sense of timelessness, serenity and imagination. The marshalling military snare drum assault only appends dimension and depth, raising the forlorn heartbeat of one's contentment.

The shorter tracks are no less invigorating, from the soaring introduction "Scenes from a Dream" flavored by some group harmonies and stormy guitar waves, then the swerving and crescendo-laden "Every Wave its Prey" and finally the cymbal-infected and violin scarred "Way to the Sun". All three are mini-symphonies , absolutely stellar pieces of the sonic puzzle.

Another bombshell release that has rocked my progressive world, fans of prog-folk need to add this and 'schnell' to their collection. A perfect companion to Leaffall and proof that Fauns is a frontrunner to behold, owning a place of prestige in the prog-folk sub-genre. 5 Insomniac Teutonic Elves

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars FAUNS second album dispenses with the more overt and cheery celtic aspects of their debut. They continue to espouse woodsy acoustic based prog with occasional aggressive diversions, and the sounds remain pleasant in a generally background sort of way. When they emerge from reverie, the result is perhaps more obtrusive than advisable, so any hope of becoming lost in the grooves is wasted.

Sadly, the moribund pace is not altered one iota whether the passages are strummily dreamed or metallically layered. No "Sprig Within her Hair" or "As Her Autumn Song Called" here. An injection of vivacity is sorely needed and not to be found. The closest would be the opening of "A perfect Place" with its lively keyboards, percussion, and lead guitar before returning to the established mantra all too soon. Here and in the opener "Scenes from a Dream" a downbeat 1980s influence can be discerned in some of the melodies.

This collection of generally appealing songs and epics truly would benefit from the solar warmth which it purports to crave, and would probably be better off disseminated within playlists in a complimentary fashion.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars Awaiting the Sun is a folk-based prog album on the scale of ANTHONY PHILLIPS' The Geese and The Ghost.

1. "Scenes From A Dream" (6:30) begins with a delicate weave of multiple absolutely heart- wrenching melodies coming from harmonizing vocalists, wooden flute, acoustic guitars, electric guitar. A middle section of full out electrified rock music similar to early GENESIS momentarily disrupts this bucolic bliss, but the pastoral feel returns to play out to the end with a piano, fretless bass and heavily distorted electric guitar lead weaving the baseline melody from the starting section. (10/10)

2. "Every Wave Its Prey" (4:43) with its SMITHS sound and crashing spacey middle and end sections (8/10)

3. "The Path" (10:10) denotes a return to the ANT PHILLIPS/STEVE HACKETT Voyage of the Acolyte guitar sounds but this one incorporates the alluring vocal talents of violin/flutist Kirsten Middeke. (9/10)

4. "Way To The Sun" (4:56) opens with a STEVEN WILSON-like acoustic guitar strum before being joined by flute, bass and drums. Again we are graced with the presence of the ethereal voice of Ms. Middeke. The SW comparisons continue though an AL STEWART "Infinity" familiarity emerges as the song plays out. (8/10) 5. "A Perfect Place" (10:45) begins with cymbal play, TONY LEVIN-like Chapmanstick play and piano before electric guitar and rock drumming join in (and take over). The song establishes quite a heavy Crimsonian sound with its interwoven arpeggios coming from several distorted electric instruments. By the time the MORRISSEY-like vocal enters the group weave has settled back into the realm of the near acoustic, but, for the chorus parts, the metal-like guitar chord strums return. (8/10)

6. "The Path (Reprise)" (1:49) reprises the chords and melodies from the acoustic parts of 3. "The Path." (9/10)

7. "Dawn" (20:24) finds the band again returning to the GENESIS/STEVE HACKETT/ ANTHONY PHILLIPS realm of pastoral acoustic music. The harmonized voices of a male and a female present the very folk-like melody and lyric lines. At 5:00 a very familiar GENESIS "Cinema Show"-like instrumental section begins; three minutes of absolutely gorgeous music. In the beginning of the ninth minute the Genesis influences continue with an uptempo shift into a full-out rock section with first organ, then flute, then electric guitar playing their solos. Choral chanting fills a brief section before the early ANT PHILLIPS--sounding electric guitar screams through a brief "Knife"-like solo. At the start of the twelfth minute everything shifts to a more RPI folk sound--acoustic guitar strummed and banged for percussive effect eventually turning into a very ANT PHILIPS Geese and the Ghost-like song. The transition from here into a military percussive build-to-crescendo section using a single acoustic guitar's arpeggiated descending chord sequence is so beautiful and so CELESTE/PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI. Truly one of the best prog epics to ever come out of the Prog Folk sub genre! (10/10)

A gorgeous album of more prog rock-leaning Prog Folk. The pastoral epic "Dawn" alone is worth giving this album a listen. Truly a classic!

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