FRESH WAX: Faun and a Pan Flute – Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride ’98

Faun and a Pan Flute - Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride '98

Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride ’98
[Primitive Patterns, 2012]


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Faun and a Pan Flute just released their new single featuring the well-crafted and executed “Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride ’98,” as well as “Bonanza at Banana’s Abode.” Both of these songs are lively, intense tracks. Faun and a Pan Flute features Adam Babar, Danny Bailey, Suzanne Baker, Daniel Betts, Chris Childs, Gage Gilmore, David Gray, John Gregg and Peter Webb as insane musical scientists who must have had past lives roaming the dregs of a dark and primitive feudal system south of France.

“Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride ’98″ starts off slowly with an off-kilter guitar and transmogrifies into a phantasmagoric soundscape that includes the murmur of voices drifting on the wind and the gentle lapping of the ocean’s tongue against the beach. The name and the track itself remind me of an old N64 game called Wave Race that had a tutorial level where you piloted a jet ski while following a friendly dolphin through crystal clear waters and sunny skies. The track flows gently as a soft, yet complex piece layered with a reminiscence of Animal Collective. The track is not as centered in math rock as some of their other compositions but it still holds true to their unique sound.

Stepping aside from the mangrove covered beach into a surreal and fierce jungle, “Bonanza at Banana’s Abode” starts spinning off the record player and flies into plain sight. I imagined an orgy of chimpanzees flinging banana skins through the air, swaying back and forth on vines while beating primordial glockenspiels and marimbas. The track exhibits not only the players’ prowess but also the recording ability of the folks at Merman Manor, Eric Grantham and Jared Pepper. This one brings many names to mind but specifically lends itself to the vibes of the Hampton Grease Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and Brazilian jazz master Hermeto Pascoal. The track features many mixed meters with wild and aboriginal harmonies that appear in flourishes of beautiful chaos. Both tracks were incredibly well mixed and you can certainly hear how each instrument has its place amongst the wild sounds of the pygmy-infested jungle, like a hand at your ankles begging to be pulled from quicksand.

This single is an earful, but if you enjoy heady, translucent pandemonium, then I would suggest in the words of Hunter S. Thompson: “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

Faun and a Pan Flute celebrate the release of “Sunset Dolphin Boat Ride ’98″ tonight at the Earl. Supporting them will be Memes and God’s Balls. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is $5.

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