Faun Fables

Faun Fables is an odd, uncategorizable, morphing entity that creates profoundly haunting excursions into arcane dreams within dreams. Beautifully forthright singer Dawn McCarthy partners with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum singer/multi-instrumentalist Nils Frykdahl to conjure a heavily contrapuntal acoustical realm that seems rooted in English plainsong and such folk-art offspring as the Incredible String Band. In October, the duo brought out their first long-player in four years, Light of a Vaster Dark, a good-humored and luminously odd meditation on the seasons of life whose sound/place is dusty and obscure, yet alluringly, naggingly familiar. McCarthy has invented another dimension of grimly gripping tall tales whose cinema vérité-enhanced production—Frykdahl’s guitars and percussion are intricately laced with violins, bass clarinets, shakuhachi flutes, and ghostly harmonicas—adds immensely to the moody mystery. (All ages; Johanna Chase opens.) JOHN PAYNE

Mon., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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