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    Faun Fables “Family Album” [Drag City]

    Little house on the scary prairie? Dawn (“the Faun”)
    McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl are the yin and yang of the
    Fables, a duo above and beyond the music. Dawn’s voice
    is a hand that can caress, Nil’s edginess files the
    nails of that hand with fine serrations. As such, this
    album is never a fa-la-la folk album, there’s a dark
    beauty to every song, like a raven perched on a nurse’s
    shoulder. “Joshua” debuted on a KFJC comp several years
    ago, a lovely song, surely he was a lovelier boy. With
    the album and song titles, a familiar concept emerges,
    especially as Dawn’s Mom appears in word and waves.
    Nils’ tracks, #4 and #11, are howlingly hyperdramatic,
    think the Thin White Duke doing stand-up?’ And Dawn
    is no namby-pamby Bambi, the “Fear March” is a clanky
    coronation, her voice can stretch to strident. On a
    couple of pieces she’s like the illegitimate daughter
    of Robert Plant. Hawaiian Five-O Techn-O on “Eternal,”
    the I-am-Cassie-hear-me-roar wonder on “Nop of Time.”
    Eerily gorgeous, fearless release!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 25, 2005 at 1:55 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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