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Portrait of Faryn Sand
Faryn grew up kicking around the quiet suburban streets of Ardsley, New York before moving to Montreal—which she now considers her home—and then finally landing in New York City, where she currently resides. She spends the majority of her time teaching karate, studying neuroscience, and hunkering down in her Lower East Side apartment to write her soul-bending, melodic, lyrically-driven tunes.

Faryn’s foray into songwriting began at around age seventeen when, while working as caretaker to an autistic child at a prestigious music school, she found herself urgently inspired by the skill and passion with which he and his classmates used music to express themselves. Always in search of new creative outlets, Faryn decided she had to learn an instrument. She told her mother she wanted to play the drums. Her mother bought her a guitar.

Faryn soon discovered a natural drive to combine her longstanding passion for poetry with her new-found love for creating music. She would hide away in the family basement for hours on end, recording anything she could on her 4-track. Over the next several years, while attending McGill University in Montreal, Faryn worked at developing her musical style—lyrically, musically, and vocally—and began to play at small venues around the city.

In 2005, upon moving to New York City and experimenting with various musical styles, Faryn—in keeping with her zeal for trying new things—wanted to start an indie rock band. But eventually, due to an interesting chain of events, and while facing some severe challenges with her health, she found herself surrounded by a group of exceptionally talented and warm-hearted musicians on the Lower East Side, whose simple but gut-wrenchingly earnest songs inspired her to return to a more organic and honest writing style. For Faryn, the songs on the It’s Alright EP and the upcoming Saints Be Brave album represent this return to both her musical and personal roots. The songs, such as lead single “False Eye,” challenge listeners to look inward, to face darkness, and to appreciate light, as her breathy vocals, contemplative lyrics, and warm, textured melodies capture undiluted moments of humanness. They are honest, raw, philosophical—and free of anything that is not truly Faryn.

It’s Alright, released by indie label, ProGenitor Entertainment Network, marks Faryn’s first professional step into the music industry. The three tracks on the EP were recorded at Galuminum Foil Studios in Brooklyn, NY, under the supervision of producer/musician/studio owner, Chris Cubeta. Highly seasoned musicians, Rob Calder, Thad DeBrock, and Ryan Vaughn rounded out the recording team. Reflecting on his experience working with Faryn, Vaughn says, “Faryn’s music is simple and honest. In the studio, the songs seemingly played themselves…it was very inspiring to be a part of the whole recording process.” As Faryn launches her career as a recording artist, she contemplates her ultimate goal: “For me, my objective is simply to reach people, to arouse in them something that makes them feel, see, hear, or understand more clearly—something that makes them feel connected.” It’s likely safe to say that the debut EP is a stellar first step toward realizing that goal, although these songs offer just a glimpse of what is yet to come. In 2010, Faryn’s first full-length album, Saints Be Brave, will see the journey continue.
 
 
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