“overwhelming, humbling and hauntingly beautiful" Clash
“best english album we've heard in years - it's gorgeous, and lush, and warm” Rough Trade East
“My adoration for this band grows with every repeat. The melodies are full of emotion and the way the songs hang together is delicate and powerful.” NPR’s Bob Boilen
London five-piece Fanfarlo return with their first new music in 18 months in the shape of new EP, The Sea, released through their own label New World Records on 14th October.
The four-track EP opens with ‘A Distance’, which will also feature on the band’s forthcoming third album. A “disco jam” propelled by Moroder-style arpeggios and swimming in bongos and mellotron strings, ‘A Distance’ also explores the “fraught attempts at communicating with each other” of human beings and “how it seems we are reduced to some sort of echo or projection of ourselves in someone else's brain”. Now, be honest, how many other bands write “disco jams” about that?
Title track, ‘The Sea’, meanwhile, is a woozy, white-noise laden affair about humanity evolving back into living in the sea, driven by an instinctive and melancholy longing for a simpler time. It’s about following a call of the wild, our bodies still in search of that elusive lost golden age. This story of giving up the whole project of land dwelling also paves the way for the band’s third record, a concept album about human evolution and possible futures. ‘The Sea’ and the following two tracks are all exclusive to this EP release.
‘The Wilderness’ talks about the call of a different wild: the wilderness inside, the daunting possibilities of life and all the misguided ways we choose to deal with them. It's about “the sad beauty of squandered chances and waiting for something to happen,” says singer and main songwriter Simon Balthazar.
‘Witchi Tai To’ - a cover - closes the EP with Fanfarlo’s tribute to the magical and life-affirming adaptation of a traditional native American Peyote song as rendered by Jim Pepper back in 1971. It heralds a hopefully fertile sideline in exquisitely curated cover versions.
Formed in 2006, Fanfarlo are Simon Balthazar, Cathy Lucas, Leon Beckenham, Justin Finch and Valentina Magaletti.
For your chance to catch their one-off live show, join them to celebrate the release of The Sea EP at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in London on 1st October.
1. A Distance
2. The Sea
3. The Wilderness
4. Witchi Tai To
Fanfarlo - altogether now: “we could be swimming in the ocean, a million years from now”