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A reissue of the debut release from DAWN McCARTHY under her Faun Fables moniker. Originally released in 2001, Early Song is the first chapter in McCarthy's songbook documenting material she performed and traveled with as a soloist, after leaving New York City for Oakland in 1997, and the beginning of her work with stark compositions that give the vocals full sway. Includes a selection of original and traditional material, along with two bonus tracks not featured on the original (and very limited) release.


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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0002ONCHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mianfei on September 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
When "Early Song" came out in 2004, the "freak folk" movement was only beginning and its roots were generally looked to in obscure acts from the 1960s or early 1970s, such as Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan.

However, Faun Fables (or at least Dawn McCarthy) had actually been playing music for over a decade when the 1998 and 1999 recordings on "Early Song" were finally released to the public along with their 2004 Family Album. For those who expect something of the idiosyncratic, fierce folk of the masterful Mother Twilight, "Early Song" may prove at first somewhat anticlimactic - it certainly did for me. The music is much more rootsy than on "Mother Twilight", with less of the electric guitars and flutes that made that album amazingly enchanting. The rhythms of "Early Song" are also much less eccentric than on later Faun Fables albums.

Nonetheless, this more basic sound does not detract at all from the qualities that made "Mother Twilight" a genuine masterpiece, though it takes even more time to see them on "Early Song". Opener "Muse" is a perfect title for what Dawn McCarthy does, the mysterious persona it creates and shrieks of "ah, ah, ah" fitting the stark, even aggressive tone perfectly. Yet, later on "Muse" turns from aggression to beauty in a surprising way that I could not grasp at first.
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By goblin on August 17, 2014
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I've been enjoying folk music, and these people have quite an interesting approach. I really enjoyed a few of these songs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anon on September 28, 2007
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i've seen Dawn perform live, and i really like her vibe ... rich, eclectic palette she paints with, really innovative
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