Edmonton, Alberta, CAN

Hauntingly beautiful and defiantly hopeful, Faunts create perfect music for the twilight hour between wake and sleep.


Formed in Edmonton, Alberta in the fall of 2000, Faunts original lineup consisted of brothers Tim and Steven Batke and Paul Arnusch. After turning an old office space into a studio, the three spent a full year creating "High Expectations/Low Results", which would later be re-released on New York's rising label Friendly Fire Recordings.

Faunts' second release was born out of an innovative performance organized by the Film And Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA). Faunts were requested to write and perform live music to short films made by members of the society. The results of this effort led to the compositions titled "M4", which was released by Friendly Fire on December 11, 2007. The title track is also featured in Bioware's Xbox 360 video game, "Mass Effect".

Since their inception, Faunts have shared the stage with prominent Canadian bands such as Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, Caribou, Stars, and most recently, Sweden's Peter Bjorn & John. They have toured Canada twice, USA once and enjoyed playing New York's CMJ music festival and Popmontreal.

Faunts have just released a remix album featuring contributions by DVAS, Cadence Weapon, The Paronomasiac, Mark Templeton and many others. A new full length album with label Friendly Fire Recordings is scheduled for February 2009.

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Press Reviews

Eno, The Orb, Underworld, Radiohead, and Loscil are a few notable electronic/indie standard-bearers who dazzle listeners with their subtle, sublime, amorphous music. The term “ambient” doesn’t do justice to these artists, who incorporate cinematic features, dub bass, layered melodies and of course, clever rhythmic addition and subtraction. Now, add Edmonton, Canada’s classy five-piece ensemble Faunts to the aforementioned list of dream-inducing sound sculptors, with their new M4 EP as compositional evidence.

[Faunts are] "driving along the same star-lit road as The Smiths' "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," but these love-sick passengers are lucky enough not to get hit head-on by that double-decker bus" - Fluxblog

"Gorgeous, lush shoe-gazey indie rock...very pleasurable" - Music For Robots

"Despite the self-deprecating title, 'High Expectations/Low Results' is an amazingly ambitious and expansive album, garnering the group comparisons to the likes of Sigur Ros and the Cure. While the record's sound is completely Edmonton - cold, sparse, yet comforting - it's hard to believe that the band's combination of ambient guitar, soft drums and ethereal keys was born here rather than Montreal or Toronto" - Vue Weekly


"Remixed" (Friendly Fire Recordings, 2008)
"M4" ep (Limited Edition Release 2006, Friendly Fire Recordings 2007)
"High Expectations / Low Results" (Friendly Fire Recordings, 2005)

Set List

Sets usually consist of 6-12 songs. Songs are drawn from all albums, and also some unreleased material. Live arrangements tend to be longer than recorded versions and often include additional musical themes.