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FAUN FABLES is made to explore human pathos amid an animate earth with musical & physical storytelling forms. It has been attracting a devoted and eclectic following since 1997 with numerous performances throughout North America, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and four record releases distributed worldwide on Drag City Records: EARLY SONG, MOTHER TWILIGHT, FAMILY ALBUM and ... Read more in Amazon's Faun Fables Store

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0001DMUGS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The third recording of FAUN FABLES, the experimental balladry shaped by Oakland-based artist DAWN McCARTHY, whose work unfolds in a visceral combination of music and theatricality she calls songtelling. Joined by NILS FRYKDAHL of SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, McCarthy delivers a fifteen-song blend of traditional folk, cabaret, art rock, prose, and whimsy. Includes guest appearances from McCarthy's mother, brother, and sister.

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Rather I would like to express how much I have thoroughly enjoyed this album.
NickLogo
The way that the melody lines are constantly turning unpredictable corners and the range that Dawn has - without sounding mannered or shrill, are truly stunning.
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I was already a fan of her brother's work when I discovered Faun Fables Very talented family.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NickLogo on March 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am not going to pretend to try and give this cd the full review it deserves. Rather I would like to express how much I have thoroughly enjoyed this album. The Family Album is full, beginning to end, with amazing songs and a vocal performance by Dawn and Nils that will make even the stiffest heart swoon with delight and wonderment. This album has become a permanent fixture in my cd player. I urge you to buy it and hear for yourself these wonderful Faun Fables.
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Faun Fables’ first two albums, Early Song and Mother Twilight were stark, dark and mystical folk music that, without passing under anybody’s radar, managed to be perhaps the first of the nascent “freak folk” movement and combined the traditional folk of Joan Baez with the intensely personal mysticism of Kate Bush.

Their fourth album, a soundtrack titled The Transit Rider was disappointing: veering too much towards generic world music and losing the fierce, simple mysticism that made their firs two albums so good. Their third album “Family Album” was one I had trouble obtaining and at first thought was a little lacking in the stark power of their first two. There is no doubt that Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl do expand beyond the acoustic folk on their first two albums, and it is even now impossible for me to believe that “Family Album” is as good as those works.

Nonetheless, with close listening one sees a band seeking to expand a unique sound on “Family Album”, most dramatically on the fierce, tribal power of their cover of Brigitte Fontaine’s “Eternal”. Opener “Eyes of a Bird” is a little overlong, but the way Dawn sings at around 4:50 will wake you up if you were not listening, then “Poem 2” shows a trace of their old darkness but does not have the same impact.

“A Mother and a Piano”, however, is even more primitive than their earlier works and Dawn does a superb job of expressing the joy in simple family life: quite “countercultural” in the context of “alternative” music!
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There are a couple of annoying tracks on here, but the rest is so good that they make up for the irksome bits. She reminds me of when I was about four and overheard my sister playing her ultra-creepy Buffy St. Marie albums (hear her do "Lyke Wake Dirge" if you want to hear one of the scariest songs ever.)

These two really put the Freak into Freak Folk; a genre that was sometimes cloying and twee (Joanna Newsome). I'm surprised they never acheived greater fame; perhaps they are too much of an acquired taste.

The way that the melody lines are constantly turning unpredictable corners and the range that Dawn has - without sounding mannered or shrill, are truly stunning. If Faun Fables are derivative of any other sound, I sure don't know what it is.

It's hard to describe them without launching into silly metaphors about medieval forests, Grimm's Fairytales, supernature and nature. Even if you are wary of this style, really give it a second listen. You will be rewarded.
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I have had the pleasure of meeting with (and working with one) of Dawn's family members a number of years ago. I was already a fan of her brother's work when I discovered Faun Fables Very talented family. All I can say is that this music, as well as the other albums, is like comfort food for the ears. :)
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Harley on March 10, 2004
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Hmmm...I am notoriously bad (in my own mind, at least) at trying to describe music - but luckily (for you) their are some itty samples right here - so that you can hear sounds with your ears, instead of with your eyes.
I am a big fan of Idiot Flesh and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - and they share some members (well, one member) with Faun Fables - though I must say that FF is very different from either of those bands (fans of one may not be fans of the other). Anywho - you should go see them - even if you have to drive for three hours in the snow after 24 hours of wakefulness - (it was worth it for me, anyhow) Sleepytime and Faun Fables are both AMAZING live shows - and I suppose I should stop rambling on about going to concerts when you want to buy a cd - but I highly recommend that you do get the CD - it is top notch all the way through - I like it even more than their earlier album - which is also excellent - you can hear some decent length samples from at:
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