band “Faun” was founded as already as 1999 by Oliver Pade and his collegues.
After some member changes, the current lineup, consisting of Oliver Pade,
Fiona Rüggeberg, Rirda, Rüdiger Maul and Niel Mitra, was found. Every
musician is a master on their instruments and manages to get the full
medieval sound out of them. The current album “Eden” already is the 7th
album of this band from near Munich.
The cover of the CD is
decorated with a tree that seems to be medieval. Eden was released in a
special deluxe edition, consisting of a slipcase, the CD as a Digipack and a
70 page strong booklet, which is elaborately designed. You can find this CD
in every well-sorted music store, as well as on the band’s website or as
mail order (EMP etc.).
Something that comes to
attention is that the CD is loaded with 14 terrific songs, which last for 72
minutes all together. Even when starting the CD I could recognize the
uniqueness of the band Faun. The first song LVPERCALIA convinces me with its
Celtic sounding singing. Music and voice support each other and harmonize
Zeitgeist is a song written
by this band which can be played in dark clubs without any problems and
which totally caters friends of Gothic music, but old fans of this band will
be completely satisfied with this song as well.
On of my recommandations is
the song Iduna, which you can listen to on the band’s myspace website.
Something that comes to
attentions throughout all the songs is that Faun really knows how to play
their instruments and so they are able to conjure a really great athmosphere
in their songs. Although Faun doesn’t re-invent the genre, they still have
their very own style and I like that very much.
The Butterfly is a completely
instrumental flute piece and I enjoyed it a lot, even though it’s onliy 1:33
“Adam lay Ybounden” is an
English song from the 15th century, and the band performs it excellently,
it’s really fun listening to it.
The 7th song “Pearl” brings
me to the world of 1001 nights, in my mind’s eye I see scences of Arabian
markets and belly-dancing beauties. The song makes you realize how broad the
musical accomplishment of this CD is.
The next song is “Oyneng Yar”
which keeps me within the Oriental world, the melody is really catchy and
the courus makes want to sing along.
The whole mood turns a bit
quieter with “Polska Fran Anderson”, again an instrumental song that makes
my mind wander.
My 2nd tip on “Eden” is
without a doubt the song “Alba”. I think there is a bit of melancholy in
this song, but that doesn’t mean the song is gloomy. No! but it guarantees
for its own athmosphere. I am brought back by a formidable instrumental
piece called “Ynis Avalch” which has a certain ease and with that evens out
the preceeding song a bit. It leads back to the topic of the Garden of Eden.
The song “The Markel Song” is
also very quiet, an English song with very nice background singing and a
The CD finished with “Golden
Apple” which is the longest song. “Golden Apple” is a successful end to a
varying musical journey.
Conclusion: Even though we
had to wait a long time for the new Faun CD, the waiting was worth it. The
songs are rich in variety and bring the listener to a very unique world of
medieval music. It’s a successful mix of instrumental pieces and songs,
which give you a broad view into the musical works of Faun. The disk is well
produced and both the voices and the knowledge of the instruments convinced
me, so I can only give the highest marks.
The album Eden is a varying
musical journey through the Garden of Eden and is a must for every fan of