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Artist: Faun
Album: Renaissance
Genre: Pagan, Medieval, Folk
Language: German, Latin
Label: Curzweyhl


They have performed at the Zillo, Wave Gotik Treffen, Summer Darkness, Folkwoods and many other festival and venues over the years. Faun consists of 5 members which each have mastered several instruments. Some familiar some never heard of. They play a mixture of medieval songs, medieval text to new melodies and songs they fully composed their selves. After ‘Zauberspruche’ and ‘Licht’ it was time for a new album. The songs were already familiar to many because they have been playing them for some time now. The first time I heard their new songs was at the Elf Fantasy Fair in April 2005 and I started to look forward to the new album then and there.

In the album booklet you can read what each song is about and there is a translation of the texts so you can completely understand them. There is also an introduction of why the album is called Renaissance. The case is made of paper, and they have used both matted and shining pictures and letters to decorate it, a great piece of work.


Oliver Sa Tyr – Vocals, Bouzouki, Nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, Jews harp
Lisa Pawelke – Vocals, Hurdy Gurdy
Fiona Rüggeberg – Vocals, Recorders, Whistles, Bag pipe, Seljefloit
Rüdiger Maul – Tar, Riq, Davul, Panriqello, Darabukka, Timba, Gaxixi and many other percussion-instruments
Niel Mitra – Sequenzer, Sampler, Syntehsizer, FL Studio, Buzz, Logic Audio, Tascam us 244, Boss dr 2020. Korg Alpha, Franular synthesis, Folder synthesis, Feedbacks, Sounds taken out of nature and everyday life, Random & coincidence


Song review

01. Satyros 3:36 min.
With lyrics from the Carmina Burana Faun has created a new song. This song (and thus the album) starts of with the sweet voices of Lisa and Fiona. Then the drums set in. Little laughs and flutes give the song a light element. It is as if you hear the dryads and fauns have a party in the woods.

02. Da que Deus 3: 53 min.
The virgin mary performs a miracle and is thus praised for this. A cheerful song with a thriving melody but also some slower and softer, more sacred moments. Not only the vocals tell a story, so does the flute.

03. Tagelied 5:01 min.
A song about leaving each other and returning, a song about love. On the rhythm of a waltz you are lead through the song. The lyrics are easy to understand, and remember. It is a sweet melody with at times just a little extra emphasis on the low tunes giving the song an extra tension.

04. Rhiannon 3:28 min.
Rhiannon contains no vocals. A song about Rhiannon from the Welsh mythology, and hter messengers, the songbirds form the Celtic Otherworld. The song is carried on ongoing beats which obviously come from the laptop of Niel. Besides that there are ongoing drums and a higher melody which I think is produced by the hurdy-gurdy of Lisa. It is a song which gets you moving.

05. Sirena 5:11 min.
This lyrics of this song come from a Sephardic wedding song, Faun has written music to these lyrics. The song has an eastern sound to it, because of the instruments which are used and the rhythm. After the ocean sounds which open the song, drums set in and then you’ll hear the sirens (Lisa and Fiona) which are part of this story. They sing the song in its original language which is a bit like Italian.

06. Königin 6:25 min.
A sad and slow song about a king trapped in his own castle and the young girl in the valley who makes him realise how silly his earthly worries are. You hear the girl (Lisa) sing her song, guided by a light snare instrument and when the vocals seize there is the sound of a flute. Through these light instruments you can hear the hope which is embedded in this song.

07. Iyansa 4:51 min.
A song to evoke the Afro-Brazilian Goddes of the wind. Faun uses the traditional text and the music is part traditional, part Faun.  A flute calls out to the wind and then the vocals set in. The lyrics, even though you can’t understand them are easy to remember and like the rhythm they could get you in a trance if you’d repeat the over and over again. The drums have a steady rhythm which builds up to an outburst at the end of the song.

08. Loibere Risen 3:33 min.
This is a ‘minnelied’ by Wizlaw von Rügen, dung by Lisa. About how love would make a difference between the horrible winter and wonderful times. The song has a slow rhythm and is guided by (I think) the Celtic Harp. It could easily guide you into wonderful dream.

09. Rosmarin 6:44 min.
“A song about a beloved who seems to have become the slave of a far-away aim, her paths are lined with rosemary”. The song is sung by the lover who stays behind (Oliver). In the melody of the song you can hear the steps of the lover and her winding paths. At one point in the song there is a silence and then slowly the beat is built up again to what it was and then one line of a chorus is repeated on and on, by the other lover, then fading to silence again.

10. Das Tor 8:12 min.
This song is written by a friend of Faun, a friend they have now lost. It is about the gate, the gate to the other side. Even though the melody is sad and the rhythm is slow there is a reassuring peace in it. The lyrics are beautiful.

Technical Information

Total playing time – 51:01
Tracks – 10

Cover Picture


This album looks great on the outside and sounds great too. It is complete. The music is both cheerful and sad and shows once more what Faun can do with their own talent and historical, ethnical and mythological music and lyrics.


Music: 8
Sound: 8
Total: 8


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