Faun and a Pan Flute is a collectively-led experimental nonetet from Atlanta, GA. In playing original, highly collaborative compositions, the group summons and explores music that juxtaposes controlled rhythmic complexity and harsh texture with lush harmonic beauty and expressive melodies. Faun presents music deeply structured yet breathing with space and freedom, exhibiting their engaged and unique method of composition, undertaken with labor and devotion. Such an outlet succeeds in capturing and expressing the focused, sprawling, restless musical energy of its nine members.
Birmingham duo consisting of Janet Simpson-Templin and Will Stewart. Timbers self-titled EP is a study in gorgeous economy. Each of these five tracks feels like a frozen moment its protagonists on the cusp of either liberating revelations or freezing paranoia...maybe both. The lush instrumentation travels splendidly though each song, luxuriating in the open spaces while providing a counterpoint to the dramatic tension coiled within the lyrics. The listener never learns too much, but its enough to want to hear the brief program on repeat an urge that pays in dividends.