When I did my first post on Bristol's The Fauns' almost a year ago now I started it with the following: 'here's a little prelude to a band I'm expecting to be covering plenty of times in 2013'. It hasn't quite worked out like that, in fact this is the first time I've done so. There reason is simple, until the other day we'd not actually heard anything from the band.
The follow-up to 2009's self-titled debut has now finally been announced, Lights is released December 2nd via Invada Records and we've been treated to a track from it in the form of "Seven Hours" - it's quite simply a stunner.
A modern adaptation of classic shoegaze sounds and ambient dream-scapes, the track makes you feel as if you are drifting in and out of consciousness around a layered, fuzzy haze of fizzing guitar and hypnotic, shimmering drones set off perfectly by Alison's lullaby soft vocals. It climbs slowly to these spectacular soaring peaks of punctured beats and howling guitar, it's these swatches of instrumental noise really set "Seven Hours" apart and make my earlier comments ring true, just belatedly, an album to be excited about, of that there is no doubt.
The Fauns - Seven Hours from Mintonfilm on Vimeo.