Rooms Filled with Light

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678825590
  • Catalog Number: 528650

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Replicate (3:14)
  2. 2 Deconstruction (4:57)
  3. 3 Lenslife (3:40)
  4. 4 Shiny Things (4:35)
  5. 5 Tunguska (4:34)
  6. 6 Everything Turns (2:05)
  7. 7 Tightrope (4:16)
  8. 8 Feathers (3:52)
  9. 9 Bones (4:47)
  10. 10 Dig (3:15)
  11. 11 A Flood (4:37)
  12. 12 Everything Resolves (0:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fanfarlo Primary Artist
Cathy Lucas Group Member
Leon Beckenham Group Member
Amos Memon Group Member
Simon Balthazar Group Member
Olafur Björn Percussion, Drums
Justin Fink Group Member
Technical Credits
Joe Lambert Mastering
Ben H. Allen Producer
David Wrench Engineer
Rob Skipworth Engineer
Alex Kirzhner Layout
Fanfarlo Composer, Engineer
John Best Back Cover Photo
Tom Loffman Engineer
Toshio Shibata Cover Photo
Allison Diaz Collage
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