Fanfarlo in 2013 are unrecognisable
Fanfarlo in 2013 are unrecognisable from the nu-folk band that announced themselves on their 2009 debut ‘Reservoir’. Whereas previously they made music perfect for people who’d worn out their Noah & The Whale albums, now on this four-track EP bandleader Simon Balthazar is embracing new adventures in the sounds of the ’80s. ‘The Sea’ is full of the kind of retro synthpop Mystery Jets were peddling with ‘21’, topped off with Balthazar’s newly confident vocal, which rivals Patrick Wolf in its dandy-ish vigour. Most importantly, the tunes are big: ‘A Distance’ is Arcade Fire via Labyrinth-era Bowie, while the epic piano on the title track is beautiful enough for the closing credits of a romantic film.