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Shapes of the Fall

Piers Faccini

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From his native Cévennes, Piers Faccini set out for the hills. He saw the blue of the Mediterranean, and explored its shores in his dreams as a musician. He is a modern-day folk singer, who sees beyond his own cultural tradition, builds his songs like others would cook, blending spices and sharing influences. Shapes of the Fall, his seventh album, is sung in English with the mannerisms of American folk-blues (we even come across Ben Harper as a guest on one track). The ever-subtle Faccini sounds like a Nick Drake rejuvenated by spending some time in the fresh air. However this album is totally steeped in the music of North Africa – the deep basses of the guembri, the gnaoua castanets, the versatile oud...  The "fall" of the title could refer to something painful and ugly, but taking a plunge can also be picturesque, and might do you good: it can be more like dancing than stumbling. Piers Faccini, one part the Ry Cooder of Cévennes, one part Berber shepherd, makes falling fun. Perfectly produced (the sound is acoustic, vibrant and spacious), these songs inspire a feeling of vertigo, and invite the listener to openness rather than travel. The first track, They Will Gather No Seed, with its changing harmonies and its ritornello structure, is a great piece of musical hypnosis. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
They Will Gather No Seed
00:03:22

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Frederic Soulard, Arranger - Luc Suarez, Arranger

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2
Foghorn Calling
00:03:15

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Malik Ziad, Arranger

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3
Dunya
00:04:30

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Luc Suarez, Arranger - Malik Ziad, Composer

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4
Together Forever Everywhere
00:04:18

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Luc Suarez, Arranger

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5
All Aboard
00:03:31

Ben Harper, FeaturedArtist - Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Karim Ziad, Arranger - Abdelkebir Merchane, MainArtist - Malik Ziad, Composer

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6
Levante
00:03:57

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist

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7
Lay Low to Lie
00:04:30

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Luc Suarez, Arranger

2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum 2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum

8
The Longest Night
00:03:04

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist

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9
Firefly
00:03:45

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist

2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum 2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum

10
Paradise Fell
00:02:33

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Luc Suarez, Arranger

2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum 2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum

11
Remember Them
00:02:18

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Malik Ziad, Arranger

2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum 2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum

12
The Real Way Out
00:02:45

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist

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13
Epilogue
00:02:29

Piers Faccini, Composer, MainArtist - Frederic Soulard, Arranger - Luc Suarez, Arranger

2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum 2021 Nø Førmat! / Beating Drum

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From his native Cévennes, Piers Faccini set out for the hills. He saw the blue of the Mediterranean, and explored its shores in his dreams as a musician. He is a modern-day folk singer, who sees beyond his own cultural tradition, builds his songs like others would cook, blending spices and sharing influences. Shapes of the Fall, his seventh album, is sung in English with the mannerisms of American folk-blues (we even come across Ben Harper as a guest on one track). The ever-subtle Faccini sounds like a Nick Drake rejuvenated by spending some time in the fresh air. However this album is totally steeped in the music of North Africa – the deep basses of the guembri, the gnaoua castanets, the versatile oud...  The "fall" of the title could refer to something painful and ugly, but taking a plunge can also be picturesque, and might do you good: it can be more like dancing than stumbling. Piers Faccini, one part the Ry Cooder of Cévennes, one part Berber shepherd, makes falling fun. Perfectly produced (the sound is acoustic, vibrant and spacious), these songs inspire a feeling of vertigo, and invite the listener to openness rather than travel. The first track, They Will Gather No Seed, with its changing harmonies and its ritornello structure, is a great piece of musical hypnosis. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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