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The Fauns are a folk-rock/progressive-rock band from Berlin. The group was founded in the mid 1990s and recorded several demos before releasing their first album "LeafFall" in 2007. The second album, "Awaiting The Sun", was released on Firefield Records/EMG in 2011.
The Fauns combine acoustic sounds with rock appeal, folkloristic and folk-rock influences with elements of progressive rock, melancholic passages with sound explosions. One moment their music is soft and lost in thought, the next it bursts with energy. That very special Fauns sound is constituted by the constant interplay of acoustic and electric instruments – flutes, viola and various acoustic guitars chime in with synthesizer, bass, drums and distorted guitars. Complex structures 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.
Several songs are inspired by the works of British writer J.R.R. Tolkien, some are even sung in his invented languages Sindarin and Quenya. But the Fauns are more than a fantasy band. There is always a deep concern with the here and now, though usually presented in a style quite out-of-this-world.
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Visions of nature have always been at the centre of the Fauns' compositions. Their lyrics tell stories of people who find themselves faced with the overwhelming, incomprehensible and often hostile forces of nature. Often their experiences take the shape of myths and dreams, underscored by a music now soft and thoughtful, now wild and energetic. That very special Fauns sound is constituted by the constant interplay of acoustic and electric instruments – flutes, viola and various acoustic guitars chime in with synthesizer, bass, drums and distorted guitars.
Since the appearance of their debut "LeafFall" almost three years ago, the band's line-up has changed considerably, with only founding members and brothers Jan-Peer, Nils and Falk (guitar, drums, bass guitar and vocals) still remaining. Yet, though vocalist and flautist Maja , guitarist Paul and keyboard player Mira left the band in 2007, they still appear on "Awaiting the Sun", along with new members Kirsten (viola, flute, vocals) and Jan (keyboards), who were already involved in the recording of "LeafFall" as guest musicians. All of them have contributed their individual ideas and visions to the creation of "Awaiting the Sun" – influences come from genres as different as folk, rock, prog, classical music and even metal. The result is quite a unique sound experience, inviting you to linger and listen.
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