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Album Review

They're German, and they're sincere in what they do — which is make modern folk music. They're so earnest that it's hard to make fun of them, even when so much of their music resembles an almost goth Enya with pop vocals (courtesy of two female singers). And they certainly dive in wholeheartedly, not afraid to tackle something from 16th century Portugal or a Sephardic Jewish song in between their own material — which attempts to conjure up an ancient atmosphere. Lyrically, they try too hard and achieve a kind of juvenile minstrelsy that masquerades as atmosphere. But at the same time it's hard not to feel at least a little sympathetic, as they're just so open in what they do.

Customer Reviews

Pagan/Medieval/Renaissance/Folk sums it up.

I've got to give Faun some credit here in their first US-available album. Their style is folk-like, using some period instrumentation to back up the vocals rather than relying on new-age sounding synthesizers and modern drumbeats like other "neo-medieval" artists. I loved Rosmarin, with it's weighty drums and sleighbells, and have Tagelied, Riannon, and Sirena on my favorites as well. Their work is definitely aimed at the pagan/renrat/medieval recreationist, and they do it well, IMHO. While I don't understand much German, it is lovely to listen to in their songs. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Faun!


All of the songs are great. Even if you don't speak German it doesn't matter. Their music transcends language. A couple of my favorites are Sirena and Rosmarin but the whole album is worth a listen.

simply amazing...

i started listening to medieval/renaissance music after discovering 'mediaeval baebes'. while i enjoy the angelic and rhythmic voices from the baebes, the tunes here offer a different flavor that captures renaissance folk music in its raw aspects. for people who prefer corvus corax or qntal, they may find faun a bit 'tame' or non-electrifying. nevertheless, the upbeat 'satyros' and 'rhaiannon' will keep anyone's fingers drumming. my favorite is 'das tor' - simply beautiful.


Formed: 2002 in Munich, Germany

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A German pagan folk band, Faun incorporate medieval instruments and themes along with a contemporary electronic musical sheen. Founded in 2002 in Munich, the band is comprised of Oliver Sa Tyr (vocals, nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, bouzouki, lute, percussion), Fiona Rüggeberg (vocals, bagpipes, dombra, rebab, oud, flutes, chalmeux, pommer), Sandra Elflein (vocals, violin, flute), Rüdiger Maul (darbuka, davul, bendir, tamborello, riq, berimbao, percussion), and Niel Mitra (programming, sampler, synthesizer);...
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