June 12, 2009

Fanfarlo only costs you $1, and will give so much in return

Swooping and melodic, with a voice that undoubtedly reminiscent of a young David Byrne or Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Fanfarlo evokes the freshness of springtime to me. Following the success of their record over at Rough Trade recently, where it was album of the week and flew out the proverbial door, they are offering Reservoir for only $1 from now until July 4th. That gives you a few weeks to shell out for this ebullient gem and have the perfect soundtrack for your summer BBQ festivities and sittin’ by the crick with a campfire.

When you download it now, your 100 pennies also buys you four bonus tracks not on the record. Their chiming crescendos of songs are perfect to watch outdoors in Austin. This video was shot in a quiet neighborhood alley at SXSW in March.

Secret Garden Video Series: Fanfarlo (SXSW Edition)
from hoovesontheturf on Vimeo.

And here — sample a few more:

fanfarlocoverFinishline – Fanfarlo

I’m A Pilot – Fanfarlo

Luna – Fanfarlo

But, I think my favorite song of theirs still might be Harold T. Wilkins (watch this fantastic video, all bright lights and science experiments).

Go snag the whole album!

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  • After sampling the samples, my thoughts were as follows.
    1. Yes, sounds like Talking Heads.
    2. Here comes one of my favorite TH lines: “Things fall apart, it’s scientific.”
    3. But hey, I like it better than CYHSY, and how can I go wrong for 99c.
    4. I’ll buy the album if they take Paypal.
    5. But Paypal wants to pop up a new window, and my browser doesn’t want it to…
    6. Maybe I can live without the album.
    7. No, I’ll buy it anyway, even if I have to get off my couch to get the credit card.

    Andrew — June 12, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  • I definitely feel a Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah vibe coming from them. Good stuff.

    J — June 12, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

  • I liked the HTW video.
    But my main reaction to it was that the frontman looks like a young Jonathan Richman, almost as much as he sounds like David Byrne.

    Andrew — June 12, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  • Good stuff. I just bought the album. Thanks for the tip!

    gachevsky — June 13, 2009 @ 9:48 am

  • Very nice. I needed something new for the commute.

    Justin — June 14, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  • Hmmmm – this is almost too much David Byrne-ish in the vocals. Can’t get past it not being him but completely sounding like the next verse could be a Sufjan Steven’s style cover of a Talking Heads song.

    But hey, it’s only a buck!

    Pete — June 14, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

  • Love the video– reminds me of Michael Gondry. And I squeezed by the PayPal pop-up and bought it anyway. How can you go wrong for $1? Thanks for the good advice!

    HappyGrrrl — June 17, 2009 @ 11:41 am

  • Also… for what it’s worth these guys are friends with Sigur Ros. That’s actually the real Sigurros on the album cover and Jonsi’s niece as well. His sister took the photo. The band sent out a note last week promoting this $1 download as well. Email said that Jonsi’s solo record will be produced by the same guy that did Fanfarlo.

    The Trooth — June 17, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  • [...] Fuel Friends blog has three mp3s to listen to and a video for you to watch, but the whole album is worth listening to at least once [...]

    Reservoir · Waking Ideas — June 21, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

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