Published Oct 18, 2011Fanfarlo earned heaps of praise for their 2009 debut Reservoir, which we called "a rollicking, infectious, ebullient record." This means that plenty of folks will be excited to learn that the UK group are getting ready to drop the follow-up.
Entitled Rooms Filled with Light, it's due out February 28, 2012 via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records.
We know what you're thinking: late February is still a long way off. Well, we have a couple of new songs to help tide us over.
The band are offering up the track "Replicate" as a free download from their official website. Videos for both that song and the single "Deconstruction" are streaming at the bottom of this page. The latter cut is available through digital retailers, and it comes with the B-side "Reconstruction," which a press release calls the "band's own 15-minute 'meditation' on the song's musical components and what happens if the song just continues."
As for the rest of the new album, the songs are reportedly "more experimental instrumentation than those found on the band's debut. The guitars are now electric instead of acoustic, while synths and samplers have emerged in place of mandolins and glockenspiels."
Frontman Simon Balthaza said, "To me the record is really about what a weird and intense experience it is to just be alive and to try to make sense of the modern world with all its bewildering pressures and possibilities."
The album was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Wales.
Fanfarlo have a number of U.S. and European shows booked for the fall. See the dates at their website. A more extensive North American tour will follow in 2012.