Fanfarlo: Reservoir

~ Monday, 6 July 2009
This is the debut by the London based band fronted by Swede Simon Balthazar and a beautiful album it is to. The music brings to mind The Thrills, Belle & Sebastian and at times Dexy's Midnight Runners, but Balthazar's vocals add an ethereal feel giving it an individuality that sets it apart from the afore mentioned bands.

The album is infused with lush instrumentation ranging from glockenspiels to melodicas, adding a twee feel which is favoured by Balthazar's fellow Swedes
Håkan Hellström and Jens Lekman. Opener I'm A Pilot is all sweeping drums, pianos and strings, rising and crashing effortlessly with a real understanding of what makes a perfect pop song. The driving strings and brass of Ghosts melt with the thumping bass sounding like vintage Dexy's in there prime.

Luna proves to be a highlight, the Arcade Fire comparisons aside. The AF comparisons are also to the fore on Drowning Men, all chopped beats and bass interlaced with strings. A personal favourite is the 2008 single, Harold T. Wilkins. Simple, but instantly memorable.

Quite simply there is not a bad track on here. Reservoir is an accomplished and uplifting piece of work that I'm sure will stand the test of time and deserves to be heard.

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