May 14, 2009

Fanfarlo make classic pop with Reservoir

I don't know what Fanfarlo means semantically, but I do know what it sounds like: orchestrated pop music with lush swells of horns, frenzied mandolin, battered drums, splashes of guitar, and a voice in the same slurred-vein as Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. But while CYHSY drove into a brick wall after the release of its successful eponymously-titled debut, this London-based troupe seems to have its heals dug firmly into the earth. Formed in 2006 by Swedish musician Simon Balthazar, the band released its debut LP Reservoir in February. If I had a star rating system I'd give it five big fat ones. Buy it.

Fanfarlo - "Luna" (from Reservoir)


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