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Reservoir - Fanfarlo

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Artist: Fanfarlo / CD / Audio CD released 2010-03-15 at Atlantic

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      19.01.2011 18:22
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      Great debut from the Anglo-Swedish sextet,

      Despite the fact that Reservoir is the first album from British/Swedish multi-instrumentalist sextet Fanfarlo it displays an impressive maturity. Although buoyed by a following gained through a string of well-received live dates across the UK and beyond, the album was released in the summer of 2009 to little fanfare.
      Fanfarlo come from the same tradition as north American bands such as Arcade Fire and Beirut but also have a British indie sensibility which is clear in Radio 6 favourite 'The Walls Are Coming Down'. As such it would be wrong to dismiss Fanfarlo as Arcade Fire wannabes. Their songs are slightly less expansive than those of their transatlantic counterparts with a tighter structure and arrangement and with Simon Balthazar's vocal more prominent in the mix.

      Balthazar himself has a fabulous voice, reminiscent of a young David Byrne. Indeed, there is something of late 70s Talking Heads in Fanfarlo. Again, this influence is not overpowering but sits neatly within the Fanfarlo whole.

      Highlights on the album include first single 'Drowning Men' which is perhaps the poppiest song on the album and 'Fire Escape' which has a fantastic middle chord structure.

      All in all, with influencers and peers so apparent it would have been easy for Fanfarlo to turn out something dull and derivative. That they haven't is a credit to this new band. This is definitely not a Fanfail.

      * Track list *

      1 I'm a Pilot
      2 Ghosts
      3 Luna
      4 Comets
      5 Fire Escape
      6 The Walls Are Coming Down
      7 Drowning Men
      8 If It Is Growing
      9 Harold T. Wilkins or How to Wait for a Very Long Time
      10 Finish Line
      11 Good Morning Midnight

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 I'm A Pilot
    2 Ghosts
    3 Luna
    4 Comets
    5 Fire Escape
    6 Walls Are Coming Down, The
    7 Drowning Men
    8 If It Is Growing
    9 Harold T Wilkins Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time
    10 Finish Line
    11 Good Morning Midnight

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