The Fauns

The Fauns

The Fauns Quick Links

Music Press Festival RSS

The Fauns - Lights Album Review


Forget Birmingham, Sheffield or London, the real sound of progress this year has emerged from the South West suburbs of Bristol. From the Howling Owl roster of Spectres and Oliver Wilde, infectious pop punk of Caves and Hello Lazarus through to Empty Pools expansive soundscapes and Laura J Martin's experimental folk, 2013 has introduced an array of talent furrowing away at the core of the city's various underground scenes.

The Fauns - Lights Album Review

Another name to add is that of The Fauns, who, despite not being new in the most pedantic sense of the word, have conjured up one of 2013's finest records in the shape of 'Lights', their second long player and first for Geoff Barrow's Invada Records. Having formed six years ago, initially as a trio before extending to and finally settling as a five-piece, 'Lights' represents a major leap forward from 2009's self-titled debut in more ways than one. With the band's own bass player Michael Savage on production duties alongside engineers Tim Allen and Jim Barr, whose previous combined credits include Roxy Music, Jonsi, Portishead and Thoughtforms, 'Lights' delivers an expansive, all-encompassing new chapter for The Fauns.

Centred on Alison Garner's evocative, breathy vocals, 'Lights' draws influence from the 4AD and Creation blueprints of yore while taking inspiration from modern-day stargazers M83. Introductory piece 'Point Zero' sets the scene gracefully, its astral build-up segueing effortlessly into austere melodrama 'Seven Hours'. Traces of Asobi Seksu loom large, with Garner's voice at times offering further instrumentation to the layered sounds that surround her.

Continue reading: The Fauns - Lights Album Review

The Fauns

The Fauns Quick Links

Music Press Festival RSS
Advertisement

Suggested

The Lobster - Trailer

The Lobster - Trailer

'The Lobster' is a peculiar black comedy exploring romance in the most abstract way possible.

Awards Season Kicks Off With Venice Film Festival 2015

Awards Season Kicks Off With Venice Film Festival 2015

Get ready for the likes of 'Everest', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Black Mass'.

Swim Deep - Namaste Video

Swim Deep - Namaste Video

Paul Daniels stars as a quiz show host in the video for Swim Deep's new song 'Namaste', taken from their second album 'Mothers'.

Advertisement
A Walk In The Woods Gives Robert Redford A New Old Friend

A Walk In The Woods Gives Robert Redford A New Old Friend

He loved the 'undisciplined' side to co-star Nick Nolte.

The Transporter Refuelled Puts Ed Skrein In The Spotlight

The Transporter Refuelled Puts Ed Skrein In The Spotlight

The actor insists he felt comfortable in his new role.

Nickelodeon Planning On Reviving Some Of Their 90s Classics, Could ‘The Rugrats’ Or ‘Hey Arnold’ Return To Our Screens?

Nickelodeon Planning On Reviving Some Of Their 90s Classics, Could ‘The Rugrats’ Or ‘Hey Arnold’ Return To Our Screens?

Nickelodeon has announced it is planning on reviving some of its popular 1990s shows in “a fresh new way”.

Spielberg Believes Superhero Movies Have A Shelf Life

Spielberg Believes Superhero Movies Have A Shelf Life

The director thinks that the superhero style will go the "way of the Western".

Advertisement