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Mother Twilight

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A reissue of the 2001 self-released Mother Twilight CD from Oakland-based experimental songcrafter DAWN "THE FAUN" McCARTHY, along with NILS FRYKDAHL. Originally sold as a merch item as McCarthy traversed North America and Europe, the record is finally available for general consumption. Fourteen tracks of traditional folk, cabaret, art rock, prose, and whimsy.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0002ONCHM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Lilly on April 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In some world where artistic merit and creativity are more important than commercial success, Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl would be household names. Collectively (Nils also plays in Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) known as Faun Fables, this duo plays enchanting songs that have magical lives all their own. Instrumentation is minimal. However, no sound is wasted and the result, along with McCarthy's lead vocals, is an extremely charming hour of eccentric acoustic music.

Fittingly, the first step into their world is entitled, "Begin." It is one of those "love it" or "hate it" songs, as it has a discordant guitar bouncing through it. Once you get past that one, though, you're in the shadows and rainbows for the remainder of the hour. Next is "Sleepwalker," which is probably the most accessible song on the disc (which doesn't mean it is accessible, though it mmight be considered catchy...compared to, say, an Ozric Tentacles song). One of the highlights of "Sleepwalker" is something that you don't hear very often. McCarthy makes a short series of vocal noises that sound like a cross between Syd Barrett's "cuckoo" or psychedelic hiccup sound on "Flaming" (from Pink Floyd's "Piper...") and a similar noise from the "Punch and Judy" show in one of the Marx Brothers' films. I won't bet that McCarthy planned it that way, but that's what it sounds like to me and I love it. "Beautiful Blade" is host to a wild breeze of amazing vocal harmonies that remind me of some of the more unusual harmonies on Queen albums.

Without giving away each song, let me summarize by saying that both Dawn and Nils are multi-instrumenalists (McCarthy is from a family of artists and musicians) and singers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mianfei on June 10, 2010
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Although Faun Fables have been around for a lot longer than most of the "freak folk" artist whom they have come to be grouped with by the relatively few who know of them, it is only very recently that I have come to know anything about their work. Critics in general took very little or no notice of their work around the time "Mother Twilight" came out and, if they knew them at all, only came to them around the time of Family Album or the soundtrack Transit Rider.

This is a pity, because "Mother Twilight" possesses a most definite uniqueness and beauty that has been lost to a large extent from the more recent works when Nils Frykdahl takes over more of the vocals and songwriting. Whilst "Mother Twilight" does not have the fierce passion or unique instrumentation of Spires That in the Sunset Rise, it compensates completely with its wonderful, delicate beauty that manages like almost no other record to combine genuine softness and amazing power. This character is apparent from the first notes of opener "Begin" when an unusual Norwegian acoustic instrument combines with the siren-like voice of Dawn McCarthy to create a sonic experience that nobody has replicated. "Sleepwalker" uses beautiful percussion to combine with taut acoustic guitar to create, as Dawn herself had said, a fusion of ethnic folk musics from over the world into a unique sound.
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By Baranabus on May 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dawn's vocals may take some getting used to at first; when I first heard her, I was reminded of Jon Anderson of Yes. Not good. Then the association died and the beauty took over. A visionary group that has a very unique sound and artistic vision. I've seen them live, the Transit Rider show, and it was amazing and surprisingly funny at points. But this album is remarkable; "Sleepwalker" is like a soundtrack to a heavenly nightmare.
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By goblin on November 21, 2012
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They have better stuff. I only enjoyed one song, "Catch Me". The rest isn't really justifying the cost of an entire album.
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