Last week’s Symphonic Sundays featuring Blind Guardian can be found here if you missed it:
This week’s band is going to be a major sound shift from what I’ve been posting, being of a non-Metal cast. Instead, I’m going to share my favorite Folk band:
Faun (from Germany)
Faun is a vastly multilingual act whose music shifts from Pagan Folk, to Darkwave, and to a Medieval sound. With lyrics spanning languages such as Standard and Middle-High German, Latin, Finnish, Old Icelandic, Ladino, Hungarian, and others, Faun’s work presents a truly metropolitan feel across their albums. Most of their lyrics are based in mythology, if not taken straight from the ancient texts and oral tales themselves from all over the world. The incredibly wide variety of instruments featured in their music is also quite notable, as it gives their work a very authentic feel.
The line-up hasn’t shifted much since their debut album release, with two members leaving only very recently. Normally a seven person act, Faun mainly features singer and musician Fiona Ruggeburg’s vocal talents with substantial backup from other women in the band, as well as a lot of spoken word from Oliver “Sa Tyr” Pade. All members of the band are proficient with at least two instruments, some like Oliver or Rudiger Mal taking nigh on a dozen.
First up for songs is my personal favorite by Faun. Off of their 2005 release “Renaissance”, “Satyros” is a piece in the Medieval Latin language taken from the 11th and 12th Century text, Carmina Burana (or, Songs for Beuern).
This next one is the song that introduced me to Faun way back when. Part of their 2003 album “Licht” (or, Light), “Egil Saga” is a song in the Old Icelandic language taken from the 13th Century manuscript “Egils saga”, a complex, winding, and violent story following the story of Egil Skallagrimsson from the life of his grandfather Ulfr onward through Egil’s life and adventures.
This third song is off of their newest album, “Eden”. I figured it was a good pick for you guys because, not only is the song in Modern English, but we also get to hear Oliver’s singing voice! Personally, I quite like his voice. I prefer Fiona’s, but his voice is very pretty and quite fitting. “Hymn to Pan” has a fairly self-explanatory title.
Last, but certainly not least, I’ll leave you with another song off of “Renaissance” since it’s been my favorite Faun album so far. “Das Tor” (or, The Gate), is a song in Faun’s native language, German. It’s a very soft, calming song. Good to end a list of music on, I think. I believe one of the top comments on this video has the English lyrics. Thankfully Faun is fairly popular in their own circle, so translations are not hard to find for any of their songs if you need them!
I hope you enjoyed our little journey with Faun, and I hope you’ll tune in next time when we’ll either do more Folk music, or maybe some Metal again.
Until next time!