Faunts’ recent silence hasn’t been unfruitful. 2016 brings the announcement of Ostalgia, a five-volume compilation of music to be released on Kinsella Recordings. Volume 1, due in the spring of 2016, is a five-part song itself, titled Thirty-Three. This first installment reminds us of Faunts’ previous work with a distinct turn towards a new sound.
Ostalgia explores themes of longing for the past, travel, family, and paper maps. Thirty-Three was recorded with one microphone, using samplers and computers from previous decades, tape machines, and an iPhone. These techniques were used intentionally. A sampled choir including band members' parents recorded in the late 1970’s is a prominent feature of the track.
Born out of the dark autumn months that settled over Edmonton, Alberta in late 2000, Faunts’ original lineup consisted of brothers Steven and Tim Batke and Paul Arnusch. After turning an old office space into a studio, the three spent a full year creating their debut album, High Expectations/Low Results. The success of their debut gave them the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Caribou, Broken Social Scene, and Peter Bjorn and John. Following the release of High Expectations/Low Results, Faunts added vintage synthesizer enthusiast Joel Hitchcock to the lineup, and turned their attention to their second album, M4. The band decided to enlist the help of engineer/producer Graham Lessard (Kevin Drew, Timber Timbre) for their sophomore recording. Composed of scores initially created to accompany three independent short films, M4 (which also had its title track featured in Bioware’s multimillion-selling Xbox 360 video game, Mass Effect) is a quintessential demonstration of Faunts’ ongoing love affair with complexly layered melodies and soaring refrains.
Fall of 2008 saw the release of Faunts Remixed, which built on the success of Faunts' first two efforts. The album features reworked tracks from both High Expectations/Low Results and M4 with contributions from artists working at the forefront of the North American electronic music scene: Cadence Weapon, Mark Templeton, Brightest Feathers (aka Saxon Shore), San Serac, and the Paronomasiac (aka Nik Kozub from Shout Out Out Out Out).
With the addition of Scott Gallant and Rob Batke, Faunts released the full-length Feel.Love.Thinking.Of., an album that is both more ambitious and sprawling in its conception and tighter and more focused in its execution than anything the band had done before.
Previously unreleased material was selected for the vinyl-only Left Here Alone EP. Material recorded for an incomplete ‘lost’ album between High Expectations/Low Results and M4 would ultimately highlight songs that the band recorded as they began playing live shows.
Last Gang/4AD recording artists Purity Ring approached Faunts to remix a song for the Edmonton stop on their tour in June 2015. Faunts’ translation of the song "Bodyache" was an attempt to make Purity Ring sound “dirtier, German, and from the 70’s”.