Having earned international acclaim for their 2009 debut, "RESERVOIR," Canvasback Music/Atlantic recording group Fanfarlo has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly awaited new album. "ROOMS FILLED WITH LIGHT" arrives in stores and at all DSPs on February 28th, 2012.
The album is heralded by the new track, "Deconstruction," which will be available at all leading digital retailers on Tuesday, October 18th. The track is accompanied by the London-based band's own 15-minute "meditation" on the song's musical components and what happens if the song just continues, entitled "Reconstruction." NPR just debuted "Deconstruction" as its influential "Song of the Day," hailing the uplifting track for "pack(ing) an awful lot of winning ingredients into a little less than five minutes... Next year is only minus-three months old, and this is already one of 2012's best songs."
What's more, Stereogum recently premiered the "Deconstruction" companion video, directed by filmmaker Alex Southam. The inventive black-and-white clip is streaming now at Fanfarlo's own newly relaunched www.fanfarlo.com.
Fanfarlo is set to introduce fans to the songs of "ROOMS FILLED WITH LIGHT" via a brief series of upcoming U.S. tour dates (see itinerary below). A full-scale North American live schedule will coincide with the album's release -- details will be announced shortly.
"ROOMS FILLED WITH LIGHT" marks a major step forward for Fanfarlo, incorporating new textures into their already eclectic sonic palette. Songs such as "Replicate" -- available now for free download at www.fanfarlo.com -- feature 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. At the same time, "ROOMS FILLED WITH LIGHT" takes all the themes, musical and lyrical, of its predecessor and vastly expands them with all the confidence of a band gaining control of their aims and abilities.
"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," says singer/main songwriter Simon Balthazar.
"We wanted to figure out what new things were possible with the tools we were using," adds violinist/keyboardist Cathy Lucas. "This time there is more of an emphasis on patterns, repetition and hypnotic atmospheres. We were trying to achieve more light and dark, while maintaining the subtlety and elegance."
"ROOMS FILLED WITH LIGHT" was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley) and engineered by award-winning producer/engineer David Wrench (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything, Beth Orton) at North Wales' Bryn Derwen Recording Studio.
Fanfarlo is: Simon Balthazar: lead vocals, guitar, clarinet * Cathy Lucas: violin, mandolin, keyboard, vocals * Justin Finch: bass * Amos Memon: drums * Leon Beckenham: trumpet, keyboard.
For more, please visit www.fanfarlo.com