Tiny Band, Faux Fawn

Tiny Band

Madison, Wisconsin's own Tiny Band make mighty, string-rich music with wee instruments. This is no novelty act, Bub, but real music that's really pretty. Melodies from ukuleles, a Mando Bird, and harmonicas mesh with powerful rhythms from the drummer's cocktail kit and lady vocals with lovely harmonies. Expect hypnotic original songs laced with a few special versions of old favorites from the likes of the Velvet Underground and Calexico.

Why tiny? We don't know. It matters not. Rock tinily with us.

Wrapped in a shroud of fabled stories, forgotten characters, and haunted landscapes; Faux Fawn has emerged from their winter slumber with melodies not yet lost to the bitter frost. Upon releasing his debut album February Fables in 2011, frontman Paul Otteson garnered immediate recognition as a thoughtful storyteller and prolific songwriter. Four albums later, now with band in tow; his group has established itself as a mainstay in the Madison music scene.

Their upcoming album Lonesome Loon will be released December 6th. Admittedly darker and more reflective; this collection of songs takes the listener through a starless night, led only by the warm glow of Otteson and his band. Though slower paced than previous efforts, Lonesome Loon takes thoughtful steps drenched in lush harmonies and foreboding instrumentation.

The formation of Faux Fawn came in the spring of 2014, though it’s members have shared their brilliance from the very beginning. Luke Bassuener lends complex and unconventional wizardry on the drums; Tom McCarty is steadfast in his foundation on upright bass; Jeremiah Nelson renders layered waves and jazz voicings that create moments of beauty and sonic wonder on electric guitar, and Audre Krull warms the coolest breeze with her soaring voice. The result is a group dynamic filled with spontaneity and well-developed arrangements.

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