Fanfarlo- Rooms Filled With Light - Review

Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records.

By Elena Maystruk

The first track of Rooms Filled With Light is pleasantly surprising. ‘Replicate’ is a great start to the album with vocal and instrumental blends akin to Queen and Coldplay. The song has been described as adventurous and experimental compared to the bands debut album Reservoir in 2009. If there is one thing Fanfarlo does well, it is fusing classic instrumentals with indie and pop beats.

In Rooms Filled With Light, Fanfarlo presents a peek into the future of the band’s career. A major North American tour marks the album’s release, with dates as early as March 5 in Boston, MA and a gruelling schedule of consecutive, nightly shows in New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA and more. Fanfarlo is a busy band this year. Their website shows a multitude of tour dates spanning well into May with shows in Europe after the completion of their US-Canada tour.

Rooms Filled With Light varies significantly from the band’s 2009 album. It’s complex, effortless, and experimental, exploring various configurations of violin and piano in the band’s experimental musical depiction of public paranoia and scientific experimentation. Fans can look forward to a concentrated, focused construction of Fanfarlo’s signature sounds and the variety band members have brought to Fanfarlo in the past. The album is a dark, quiet distortion of reality fans should be very happy with. Simon Balthazar’s vocals are deep, fast and subtle, merging perfectly with the intertwining rhythms of violin, trumpet and piano played by Cathy Lucas and Leon Beckenham.

Fanfarlo will be appearing in Toronto to add their sound to the multi-faceted and much awaited Toronto Music Fest. The five-piece British band will show Torontonians the fruits of working with producer Ben Allen (Deerhunter) and award winning engineer David Wrench (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything). Canadian shows are at Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto, ON, on March 24 and again at the Biltmore in Vancouver, BC on April 9th.