Fanfarlo

Baroque pop five-piece Fanfarlo return with their first output in 18 months, setting their sights firmly on the mainstream with the four track EP The Sea. Theatrical opener A Distance is a technicolour disco jam laced with howling sax and arpeggiating synth lines. Like the last Metronomy record, The English Riviera, it takes a knowing glance over its shoulder to early eighties chart life. We spend 30 seconds with them as they gear up to release their third studio album to find out how their sound has evolved.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 9 Oct 2013
  • min read
Baroque pop five-piece Fanfarlo return with their first output in 18 months, setting their sights firmly on the mainstream with the four track EP The Sea.

Theatrical opener A Distance is a technicolour disco jam laced with generous harmonies, howling sax and arpeggiating synth lines. Like the last Metronomy record, The English Riviera, it takes a knowing glance over its shoulder to early eighties chart life.

The EP shifts gear for title track The Sea, a crisp ballad that concerns itself with human evolution and the call of the wild. Piano melodies and crashing choruses pile on the melodrama as main singer and songwriter Simon Balthazar comes into his own.

Following a European tour throughout September, the London-based band are now gearing up for the release of their third studio album.  The set, which will include A Distance, follows their 2009 folky sleeper hit Reservoir and last year’s Rooms Filled with Light, which was produced by Animal Collective producer Ben Allen.

We caught up with them ahead of its release to find out more about their msucials evolution.

We first started writing music because…
It's very addictive.

We have been making music since…
Since birth. Together, we've been making music since around 2006 when we were hanging out in clubs in London, going to gigs and I needed people to play my songs live.

Our music is…
Ambitious pop music with a lot of brain and heart. Although you could say really the heart is in the stomach, which also is a brain in its own right, so alternatively it's music with brain and stomach, or music with two brains.

You'll like us if you listen to...
Good music.

Our favourite venue is…
There are so many. Brussels’ La Rotonde where we played the other day is in a boring building but the room itself is like a circular, high-ceilinged stone temple with a disco ball at the top. Then there's that concert hall on Tenerife that looks like a giant marine porcelain scorpion. Security will happily let you climb all over it too it seems.

Music is important because…
We could be writing several books about this. Music is cultural glue, but it's also a basic function of the human body like eating, sleeping and speaking.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Geeking out.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Max Ernst.

To try us out, listen to our song…
A Distance from The Sea EP.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Building pyramids.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Part of an envoy to newly discovered civilisation across the galaxy.

The Sea EP is released on 14 October through their own label New World Records.

http://fanfarlo.com/