PREMIERE: Faun and a Pan Flute – “Dave”

Faun and a Pan Flute

Faun and a Pan Flute’s eclectic stew of psychedelic pop, folk, jazz, math rock and improvisational noise is not for everyone. It’s decidedly complex music that requires patient listeners to commit to a journey full of stylistic leaps, random twists and innumerable left turns. Whereas detractors see meandering, sometimes messy, self-indulgence, those who chose to stay the course often find beauty and tranquility in the band’s sprawling compositions.

“Dave,” the second track to be revealed from the group’s upcoming self-titled debut, does nothing to bridge that divide; if anything, it exacerbates it. The six-minute instrumental is dense and difficult, rooted in classical structures and given more to jazzy interludes than anything approaching traditional pop or rock. Still, the band’s sense of melody retains a comfortable familiarity that gives adventurous listeners something substantial to hold onto. Yes, there’s a fairly wide expanse where the group experiments with silence and space over rhythm and texture, but it arrives only after a flurry of activity, like a reflective period of rest after an exhausting hike. Bottom line is that Faun and Pan Flute is a band comprised of musicians that are willing to challenge their limits and engage in ambitious risks. It doesn’t always play out smoothly or come together neatly, but the results are well worth the journey.

Faun and a Pan Flute is due out June 17 via Mission Trips International. In support of the new record, the band will hit the road with experimental soundscapist and Mission Trips labelmate, Magicicada. Check out the full list of dates below.

Faun and a Pan Flute and Magicicada Tour Dates
June 20 – Asheville, NC – Broadway’s w/ Ant’lrd & Merryl
June 21 – Burnsville, NC – Snaggy Mountain
June 23 – Champaign Ill Institute for Creativity w/ i/o mining corp
June 24 – Chicago,Ill Connie’s Plank with Ant’lrd
June 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Abandoned Store
June 26 – Philadelphia, PA
June 27 – Boston, MA at Great Scotts w/ Guerrilla Toss
June 28 – Providence, RI
June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Muchmore’s w/ Trabajo
June 30 – Baltimore, MD – The Copy Cat w/Murderboats

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