Review of Lights the new album by The Fauns
If you like lots of breathy tones backed up by echoes and reverb then you should try the new album Lights by Bristol shoegazers The Fauns. Playing homage to the great shoegazers of the early 90’s this album is a little cracker – with each track washing over you with dreamy vocals and atmospheric effects. Hidden amongst each track are some crackling guitar works showing how well this group put their music together. Thunder hides amongst the clouds.
Lights is released through Invada Records on 2nd December, 2013. The Bristolian four-piece recently supported College on his UK Tour, having previously supported The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Anika, The Telescopes, Savages and Ulrich Schnauss.
Lights is the successor to The Fauns’ self-titled debut album (put out through their own Laser Ghost Recordings label), which, released in 2009 with no promotional muscle, went on to pick up radio support from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and sold over 5,000 copies by word-of-mouth alone. The organic success of The Fauns also garnered a valuable champion of the band in the form of Hollywood soundtrack composer Clint Mansell, (Moon, Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream) who remixed the album cut Fragile for a limited edition Record Store Day 12”, all 1000 copies of which sold out in under a day.
If you want to get a feel for their music check these links out.
The video for Seven Hours – a recent ‘Song Of The Week’ at Q – has been directed by John Minton, the man behind Portishead‘s live visuals and director of Savages‘ recent clip for Husbands. The Fauns will be in London to play two gigs around release: Rough Trade East on Weds 4th December, and The Old Blue Last on Thursday 5th.
With 11 tracks Lights finds them imbued with new purpose- see the instrumental squalls which punctuate album stand-out Seven Hours, or the interlocking guitar figures of 4AM, resonating with the atmospheric tendencies of the XX. Michael Savage’s exhaustive knowledge of film & sound-tracking permeates Lights; Point Zero and Rise are sequenced as ambient episodes in homage to the astral soundtracks of Moon and Solaris (created by band heroes Mansell and Cliff Martinez), whilst elsewhere a rather more overt nod is made to film scoring with the motor engine-sampling crescendo of the Tron-esque Let’s Go. I love this album and I’m pretty sure that most of you will want to hear more after seeing these two videos.
The Fauns are: Alison Garner (vocals), Lee Woods (guitar), Elliot Guise (guitar), Michael Savage (bass) and Tom Adams (drums).
This album kicks off a European tour with the following dates/ venues:
17.01.14 Austria – Vienna/Szene
18.01.14 Germany – München/Backstage Halle
19.01.14 Switzerland – Lucerne/Schüür
21.01.14 Germany – Köln/Gebäude 9
22.01.14 Germany – Berlin/Lido
23.01.14 Poland – Warszawa/Klub Hydrozagadka
24.01.14 Lithuania – Vilnius/New York Club
25.01.14 Finland – Helsinki/Korjaamo
26.01.14 Finland – Tampere/Klubi
28.01.14 Norway – Oslo/John Dee
29.01.14 Sweden – Stockholm/Debaser Ballroom
30.01.14 Denmark – Copenhagen/BETA
31.01.14 Netherlands – Arnhem/Luxor Live
01.02.14 United Kingdom – London/Islington Assembly Hall
02.02.14 France – Paris/Divan Du Monde
04.02.14 Portugal – Porto/Hard Club
05.02.14 Spain – Madrid/Joy Eslava
06.02.14 Spain – Barcelona/Apolo
07.02.14 France – Luynes/Le Korigan
08.02.14 Italy – Brescia/Circolo Colony
Review by Doug Duffin