I can’t believe I first heard Fanfarlo () over four months ago. It wasn’t until I saw them at SxSW (their first US show, which was one of my favorites of SxSW) that my band crush on Fanfarlo went into overdrive though.
The young British band’s sound seems simple enough: they have an interesting and nicely orchestrated upbeat pop sound. The vocals have a crooned quality to them and the music swells and fades. And while this isn’t break-through or life-changing music I do hear something new in their songs.
Here are a couple great songs from them songs. “Harold T Wilkins” is just excellent upbeat pop throughout. “We Live by the Lake” is a melancholy song with fitting vocals and trumpet lines.
Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins (mp3s)
If you listen and become a super fan, perhaps you should check out these plans to make a fanfarlophone:
Fanfarlo’s stuff isn’t widely available in the U.S. but eMusic has a few songs available. “Harold T. Wilkins” and other are available from iTunes. (You can also buy the buy the original vinyl of Harold T Wilkins or the CD of Fire Escape/ We Live by the Lake.) You can also download “Sand and Ice (demo)” for free on their myspace page.