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Alison Garner
Alison Garner - Shapes of Mine by Roberto Vivancos
Alison Garner by [Roberto Vivancos]
Background information
Birth nameAlison Garner
Also known asAlison Faun
BornBristol, United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Singer / Vocalist
Years active1998–present
LabelsInvada
Associated actsThe_Fauns [ABBARAMA]

Alison Garner is a vocalist originally from Leicester, England. She is best known as the lead singer for the British band The Fauns, her vocalist collaborations with Hyetal.[1], Typesun[2] and Dolman[3] as well as contributing her voice to several soundtracks, amongst which: One Strange Rock (Darren Aronofsky) for National Geographic, and Annihilation (Alex Garland) for Paramount Pictures.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Following her interest in music, Alison moved to Bristol - Britain’s ‘most musical city’[4] (as defined by The Telegraph in association with PRS) - in 2005. Alison started her band The Fauns in 2008, a Shoegaze quintet inspired by the heyday of dream pop and the atmospheric power of soundtracks, blending her dainty vocals with indie-influenced alternative rock. They subsequently released their self-titled debut album ‘The Fauns’ on their own label Laser Ghost Recordings in 2009. Despite the lack of a publicity campaign, her 2009 debut album garnered attention for its mesmerising atmospherics, with word of mouth helping it draw the attention of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, which propelled the band’s debut to sell more than 5,000 copies through “word of mouth".

The band's efforts and perseverance triggered a winning streak when their hard work and recently acquired popularity paid off, culminating in a collaboration that saw The Fauns’ second album Lights being fully supported by well-established talents in the industry: Lights[5] was released on Portishead instrumentalist Geoff Barrow’s label Invada in 2013 and self-produced alongside engineers Tim Allen (Bat For Lashes, Adding Machine) and Jim Barr (Get The Blessing, Portishead)[5]

Lights[5] was received to international critical acclaim achieving 4 star reviews in The Times[6], The Line Of Best Fit[7], Uncut, The Arts Desk[8], The Gizzle[9], and Contact Music[10] besides scoring a 16/20[11] in Crack Magazine. Amongst The Fauns' best-known tracks, ‘Let’s Go’ was featured in Q Magazine’s playlist.[12]

Her ethereal vocals were remixed by English composer Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain) The remix was released as a limited edition single on vinyl for Record Store Day 2013, which began an ongoing music collaboration between the two parts.

Alison Garner - Headshot by Roberto Vivancos

Garner played live in several radio sessions on the Lauren Laverne show on BBC Radio 6 Music alongside Xfm to hundreds of thousands of listeners worldwide. Her second single from the album ‘In Flames’ subsequently went on to win Steve Lemacq’s Rebel Playlist 2014 on a public vote[13] and track '4am' was also chosen by pan-European British media and telecommunications company Sky Television to become the official theme for The Singapore Formula One in 2015. The Fauns toured extensively with French post rock band Alcest in early 2014 throughout Europe and subsequently embarked upon their own international headline concert tours.

Her atmospheric and unusual voice has led Garner to be asked to collaborate on projects with other well-respected artists in the industry over the years, including her critically acclaimed album Broadcast[1] with UK based electronic music producer Hyetal (scoring 4/5 in British daily newspaper The Guardian[14]), the follow up to thir first release Modern Worship. Other artistic partnerships include those with English record producer, drummer and DJ Typesun (on single Icebergs[2]), German Rock band Din Martin’s cut The Second Before You Faint[15], and Bristol duo Dolman (formed of Bristol veteran musicians Ben Salisbury and Scott Hendy)'s self-titled album Dolman[3]. Australian Synthwave and Video Game composing duo Power Glove also immortalised Garner’s captivating vocals in their remixed track ‘4am’. Garner toured with Hyetal in 2013 providing vocals at several festivals, including Benicàssim.

In recent times, Alison has turned to work on soundtracks, creating atmospheric moods with her voice, providing intricate harmonic vocal layers for soundtracks such as those to One Strange Rock (Darren Aronofsky) for National Geographic and Annihilation (Alex Garland) for Paramount Pictures.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio albums[edit | edit source]

• The Fauns - The Fauns (2009, Laser Ghost Recordings)

• The Fauns - Lights (2013, Invada Records)

Collaborative Albums

• Hyetal - Broadcast (2011, Black Acre Recordings)

• Hyetal - Modern Worship (2013, True Panther)

EPs

• "Fragile Clint Mansell Mix/The Sun Is Cruising Redg Weeks Re-work" Record Store Day 12" - The Fauns (2013, Invada Records)

• “4AM” Power Glove Remix - Power Glove 'EP II' MINI-LP" (2015, Invada Records)

Singles

• “Diamond Islands” - Hyetal (2011, Black Acre)

• “In Flames / 4am” - The Fauns (2013, Invada Records)

• “Seven Hours” - The Fauns (2013, Invada Records)

• “Icebergs” - Typesun (2015, Root Elevation Recordings)

Appears On

• “Before You Faint” vocals on The Second Before you Faint - Din Martin (2012, Din Martin)

• “Flight 22” vocals on Dolman - Dolman (2014, Inflexion Point Records)

• Vocals throughout soundtrack Annihilation (Music From the Motion Picture) - Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury (2018, Lakeshore Records)

• Vocals throughout soundtrack One Strange Rock (Original Series Soundtrack) - Daniel Pemberton (2018, Lakeshore Records)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Broadcast, by Hyetal". Hyetal. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Icebergs / Water Song, by Typesun". Typesun. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dolman feat. Alison Garner, Flight 22, retrieved 2018-07-03
  4. "Bristol is UK's 'most musical city'". The Telegraph. 12 Mar 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Lights Exclusive Digital Edition". Invada Records.
  6. "The breathy vocals of Alison Garner are draped elegantly over walls of distorted guitars…". The Times. The Times. November 2013.
  7. "Only to blossom with the ascending chants of frontwoman Alison Garner for a chorus that briefly suspends all tension for soothing, dreamy swells". The Line of Best Fit. November 2013.
  8. "Pin it on the breathy vocals of Alison Garner if you like because when they're audible at all they're the sound of a fictionalised Tokyo, or that sweet spot in the middle of the night when you just know that you're the only person still awake - an unreal, barelythere netherworld."". The Arts Desk. December 2013.
  9. "ghostly vocals from frontwoman Alison Garner". The Gizzle. November 2013.
  10. "finds Garner at her most seductive yet". Contact Music. December 2013.
  11. "Bristol perfect-pipes-for-hire Alison Garner". Crack Magazine.
  12. "Let's Go is a three-minute motor maelstrom, deftly complemented by Alison Garner's gossamer vocals. Gorgeous". Q Magazine. January 2014.
  13. "Tom sits in for Lammo, Steve Lamacq - BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  14. Macpherson, Alex (2011-04-28). "Hyetal: Broadcast - review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  15. "The Second Before You Faint, by DIN Martin". DIN Martin. Retrieved 2018-07-03.


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