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Album: Rooms Filled With Light
# Song Title   Time
1)    Replicate More Info...
2)    Deconstruction More Info...
3)    Lenslife More Info...
4)    Shiny Things More Info...
5)    Tunguska More Info...
6)    Everything Turns More Info...
7)    Tightrope More Info...
8)    Feathers More Info...
9)    Bones More Info...
10)    Dig More Info...
11)    A Flood More Info...
12)    Everything Resolves More Info...
 

Album: Rooms Filled With Light
# Song Title   Time
1)    Replicate More Info...
2)    Deconstruction More Info...
3)    Lenslife More Info...
4)    Shiny Things More Info...
5)    Tunguska More Info...
6)    Everything Turns More Info...
7)    Tightrope More Info...
8)    Feathers More Info...
9)    Bones More Info...
10)    Dig More Info...
11)    A Flood More Info...
12)    Everything Resolves More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Olafur Bj”rn (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Ben H. Allen.
  • Recording information: Bryn Derwen Studios, Bethesda, UK.
  • Dropping some of the folky elements of 2009's Reservoir, London-based outfit Fanfarlo move in a more synth-oriented, '80s new wave direction with 2012's Rooms Filled with Light. Which isn't to say they've completely abandoned the grand and buoyant pop that made Reservoir such a surprise. On the contrary, working with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley), Fanfarlo have crafted a sonically adventurous and somewhat angular album that finds them coming into their own as less Grizzly Bear/Arcade Fire-influenced also-rans and more of a uniquely addictive neo-new wave ensemble in their own right. Once again showcasing the yearning baritone of Swedish-born lead singer Simon Balthazar, Fanfarlo also feature multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Cathy Lucas, who shares lead duties on a few songs. To these ends, we get the sparkly anthem "Deconstruction" and the Haircut 100-sounding "Tunguska," with its blue-eyed soul saxophones. Elsewhere, the '80s vibe continues with "Feathers," sounding something along the lines of a midtempo synth pop duet between David Byrne and Kate Bush, and the bright, rambling "Tightrope," with its driving bassline coming on like a lost Fun Boy Three cut. Ultimately, the great thing about the '80s vibe on Rooms Filled with Light isn't that Fanfarlo have aped their idols, but rather that they've found a way to make these Day-Glo, spiky-haired melodies feel utterly contemporary. ~ Matt Collar
Professional Reviews
Magnet (p.54) - "['Tightrope'] opens with brief electronic vocal ambience before the keys, drum and bass drop in with a typically playful '80s synth-pop line..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[P]acked with quirky, anti-rock production twists....Opener 'Replicate' is a beautiful mix of Philip Glass, 'Eleanor Rigby' and China Crisis..."
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