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Review: Faelwa - Farewell Sun (2009)

artist: Faelwa
release: Farewell Sun
format: CDr
year of release: 2009
label: Self-released
dur­a­tion: 19:10

Intro­du­cing a prom­ising new Dutch pro­ject is always a pleas­ure to me, so I’m glad I can present Faelwa to you. This band is a duo con­sist­ing of Mark Kwint and Jasper Strik, who hail from the East­ern part of the Neth­er­lands. The music they play is instantly recog­nis­able as the kind of romantic neo­folk that has its roots in metal, and that we know from bands like Empyrium.

Inter­est­ingly enough, this EP starts with what I con­sider the weak­est track, “The Heron”. Like the title track on this release, it is a song based on piano, gui­tar, and drums, strongly remin­is­cent of early Tenhi in the way neo­folk and pro­gress­ive rock are fused. The title track, how­ever, is just a bit more refined and ori­ginal. In between we find the mar­vel­lous “Wil­gen­wind”, which is eas­ily good enough to come straight off an Empyrium or Vàli album; a lovely piece for piano and guitar/bouzouki. The clos­ing track is “Orphan Lul­laby”, a calm, sooth­ing com­pos­i­tion dom­in­ated by a sweet dual piano/guitar melody.

Let me get this out of the way: Farewell Sun isn’t a thor­oughly ori­ginal release, and the sound of inspir­ing artists - espe­cially Tenhi - is found through­out. It is clear that Faelwa is a young pro­ject still in search of its own voice. How­ever, this EP is an excel­lent first work, lov­ingly pro­duced and played. It is one of those hugely import­ant first steps for a band, and in this case, it’s a very suc­cess­ful one. There­fore, if you enjoy dark acous­tic music from this par­tic­u­lar end of the spec­trum, do these men a favour and sup­port their devel­op­ment by pur­chas­ing this lovely and prom­ising EP.

Reviewed by O.S.


1. The Heron (4:22)
2. Wil­gen­wind (2:14)
3. Farewell Sun (7:44)
4. Orphan Lul­laby (4:50)