Michelia Campaka - Review
Hailing from Barecelona, Spain; Fayrierie is the project of Norax on vocals and Falke on guitars, keyborads and percussion. Coming to us through the Caustic Records label (home of Narsilion, Tannhauser, Pail and others from the area, we are presented with this nice digipack cd. The digipack contains some information about each track rather than the actual lyrics which is a nice touch, although it would have been nice to have both. We're treated with ten tracks on the disc bringing to life the imagination and talents of these two artists along with a handful of guest musicians that Gothic Paradise readers would have no problem recognizing.
The music is a mixture of acoustic, ethereal and folk from the region giving a hint of the mystical and fairyworld as the project's name might suggest. The main element seems to be the acoustic guitar as presented through the short introductory track "To Fayrierie" and even more on "Water of Moon" as the first couple of minutes are purely comprised of a guitar piece. This gives way to the vocals about midway through in a somewhat awkward style, maybe due to the harsh english accent of the vocalist, but once you get past this transitional phase, the rest of the track and album seem to flow much better. The mixture of synthesized water crashing on this piece, and other subtle synths and percussion on others add a beautiful depth to the pieces.
Pieces that really stand out include those with additional guest vocals from Marina on "...Of Magic Dances and Fairies' Rings" and "Orphaned Forest Lullaby". Of course it's not just the guest vocals that make these pieces really awesome, but the mixture of a more ethereal nature, a deeper mixture of synths and the overall style of the songs which are mesmerizing with their soothing textures. The vocals from Norax seem to blend and flow better overall on these pieces as well, whether slow or more upbeat, the composition and production of these pieces are simply excellent.
Overall the album is quite dreamy and simple with the acoustic guitar dominating the musical textures and fabric for carrying Norax's vocals to the listener's heart. This is a nice addition to the library of any ethereal folk music fan.
Label: Caustic Records