Progressive Rock/Metal

Faun – Renaissance

Only ever so often music from the middle ages sounds so magical and mythical as by Faun. Every fan of serene Folk/Pagan/Medieval Progressive Rock. will love this band and its music.Fans of heavy rock or Progressive metal should stay far away. They will hate this and probably fall right asleep.This recording will be of interest to fans of the Fairport Convention,Fotheringay and those who like traditional folk with progressive edges…”

01. Satyros 3:36 min. With lyrics from the Carmina Burana Faun has created a new song. This song (and thus the album) starts of with the sweet voices of Lisa and Fiona. Then the drums set in. Little laughs and flutes give the song a light element. It is as if you hear the dryads and fauns have a party in the woods.

02. Da que Deus 3: 53 min. The virgin mary performs a miracle and is thus praised for this. A cheerful song with a thriving melody but also some slower and softer, more sacred moments. Not only the vocals tell a story, so does the flute.

03. Tagelied 5:01 min. A song about leaving each other and returning, a song about love. On the rhythm of a waltz you are lead through the song. The lyrics are easy to understand, and remember. It is a sweet melody with at times just a little extra emphasis on the low tunes giving the song an extra tension.

04. Rhiannon 3:28 min. Rhiannon contains no vocals. A song about Rhiannon from the Welsh mythology, and hter messengers, the songbirds form the Celtic Otherworld. The song is carried on ongoing beats which obviously come from the laptop of Niel. Besides that there are ongoing drums and a higher melody which I think is produced by the hurdy-gurdy of Lisa. It is a song which gets you moving.

05. Sirena 5:11 min. This lyrics of this song come from a Sephardic wedding song, Faun has written music to these lyrics. The song has an eastern sound to it, because of the instruments which are used and the rhythm. After the ocean sounds which open the song, drums set in and then you’ll hear the sirens (Lisa and Fiona) which are part of this story. They sing the song in its original language which is a bit like Italian.

06. Königin 6:25 min. A sad and slow song about a king trapped in his own castle and the young girl in the valley who makes him realise how silly his earthly worries are. You hear the girl (Lisa) sing her song, guided by a light snare instrument and when the vocals seize there is the sound of a flute. Through these light instruments you can hear the hope which is embedded in this song.

07. Iyansa 4:51 min. A song to evoke the Afro-Brazilian Goddes of the wind. Faun uses the traditional text and the music is part traditional, part Faun. A flute calls out to the wind and then the vocals set in. The lyrics, even though you can’t understand them are easy to remember and like the rhythm they could get you in a trance if you’d repeat the over and over again. The drums have a steady rhythm which builds up to an outburst at the end of the song.

08. Loibere Risen 3:33 min. This is a ‘minnelied’ by Wizlaw von Rügen, dung by Lisa. About how love would make a difference between the horrible winter and wonderful times. The song has a slow rhythm and is guided by (I think) the Celtic Harp. It could easily guide you into wonderful dream.

09. Rosmarin 6:44 min. “A song about a beloved who seems to have become the slave of a far-away aim, her paths are lined with rosemary”. The song is sung by the lover who stays behind (Oliver). In the melody of the song you can hear the steps of the lover and her winding paths. At one point in the song there is a silence and then slowly the beat is built up again to what it was and then one line of a chorus is repeated on and on, by the other lover, then fading to silence again.

10. Das Tor 8:12 min. This song is written by a friend of Faun, a friend they have now lost. It is about the gate, the gate to the other side. Even though the melody is sad and the rhythm is slow there is a reassuring peace in it. The lyrics are beautiful.

Score 90 %

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