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Review Text 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

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CD: 1

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

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