Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Fanfarlo (from the novel 'La Fanfarlo' are a London based indie pop band whose debut album 'Reservoir' was released (after a year of recording in Conneticut) in February of 2009. In an attempt to make their music more widely available, the album is available until 4th July for $1.
Under prized producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, The Twilight Sad), Reservoir displays instrumentally dense indie rock, with a full Arcade Fire feel to their sound. The influence of Katis is clear throughout, and like the sounds of The National and The Twilight Sad, Fanfarlo do a fantastic job of keeping each instrument's recording concise, whilst including more than your average folk band.
Ultimately there is a twee pop lightness and air of youth to their work, and particularly to Swedish guitarist and vocalist Simon Balthazar's fragile vocal part. The band draw another similarity, whether intended or not, to London based folk band Mumford & Sons particularly in vocal sound and structure.
They have recently played dates at SXSW Festival, and they spent the March of 2009 on a UK tour with Snow Patrol. You can pick up the album for a dollar below, or two of the album highlights for nothing whatsoever.
Reservoir for $1.
Fanfarlo - Luna
Fanfarlo - I'm a Pilot