In the Dark
Who are Phauna? Phauna's music has an intimacy and vulnerability that utilizes a spare and direct electronic musical backdrop. Think David Sylvian meets Air. Mix it up with a vocal sound that wraps you in velvet and dripping honey. Phauna are Sally McKay - composer, vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, arranger/producer - and Mike Young - bassist, keyboardist, programmer/arranger. The pair began recording and producing together for Sally's 1995 CD "Never Say Nice". Calling themselves Lovage they released in 1998 their stunning and heartbreakingly intimate "Idiots & Mystics". A shared love of electronic driven beats saw the pair moving more and more into the dance spectrum all the while maintaining the shape and melody of song. In 2003, the pair, renamed as Phauna, released two 12"s and a full length CD, "Paradise" on Play Records, one of Toronto's leading independent dance labels. Their songs have been remixed by the likes of kemeticJust, Augusta (Paul E. Lopez, Patrick Paredes, Stephanne Vera - Tecknostep) Sans Soleil, Middlefield, Brian Ireland, tuube and DJ Peace Harvest. With the release of their new 6 song EP In The Dark, Phauna combines a more electronic backdrop while lyrically tackling the "lost & found" of life. Their current music has an intimacy and vulnerability as electric and acoustic play freely. This is emotional music that touches the heart. "This Peterborough-based band has a smooth sound, and a well delivered vocal style that will fit right in with fans of The Freight Elevator Quartet and the Junior Boys - mixing in some ambience, some electronics and some sexy vocals. File Phauna under 'cool-ass mellow' on your playlists. This duo have some real talent behind them" - FAZERMAG "If there were a musical category called electronic folk that's where Phauna would fit. The Peterborough-based duo of Sally McKay and Mike Young just put out their fourth release "In the Dark." The six-song EP contains unique tracks with deep lyrics, a soothing voice all put on an electronic backdrop. Phauna's sound is definitely unique. McKay's voice is soft and airy. Those into their mix of organic vocals with electronic beats will be singing Phauna's praises." - The Peterborough Examiner.