12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like some kind of indie rock puffer fish, Fanfarlo have the ability to sound bigger than they are, with the five band members toting a small army of horns, strings, keys, guitars, and drums. You hear it on the first track off their third album, "Life in the Sky": co-vocalists Simon Balthazar and Cathy Lucas trade parts as synths and shakers, horns and harmonies fill out the scenery. Such exuberance befits an album about life itself: Balthazar's lyrics here are about nothing less than evolution, extinction, and humanity. Despite the wry sentiments of songs like the title track and "We're the Future" ("We're a copy of a copy," he sings), the music is characteristically chipper. Some songs ("A Distance" and "Landlocked") sound decidedly '80s, festooned with bursting beats and squirming basslines. Let's Go Extinct is indie pop imagined as a school play about Charles Darwin.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like some kind of indie rock puffer fish, Fanfarlo have the ability to sound bigger than they are, with the five band members toting a small army of horns, strings, keys, guitars, and drums. You hear it on the first track off their third album, "Life in the Sky": co-vocalists Simon Balthazar and Cathy Lucas trade parts as synths and shakers, horns and harmonies fill out the scenery. Such exuberance befits an album about life itself: Balthazar's lyrics here are about nothing less than evolution, extinction, and humanity. Despite the wry sentiments of songs like the title track and "We're the Future" ("We're a copy of a copy," he sings), the music is characteristically chipper. Some songs ("A Distance" and "Landlocked") sound decidedly '80s, festooned with bursting beats and squirming basslines. Let's Go Extinct is indie pop imagined as a school play about Charles Darwin.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

RDGdenver ,

Hitting Their Stride

If you’re so far behind the 8 ball that you’ve never heard Fanfarlo, then you’re jumping in point couldn’t be better! These songs feel like they’ve been lived-in for awhile and more natural than previous efforts. Its great to hear the band really comfortable in their own skin - the record feels effortless, beautiful, poignant and I hope this one goes down in history before we actually DO go extinct. Great work!

Idelldh ,

What music is supposed to sound like

I have had several people listen to some of these songs, then i would ask their opinion on them. " sounded like something from the 70's" said my friend after hearing cell song. "purely awesome", then i told them how old it was, everyone was shocked! Continue the good work and please don't let that kind of music die.

horchatarito ,

Poppy, pretty and just a little bit creepy

When I first heard "A Distance" I absolutely fell in love with it, and this whole album largely delivers on the promise made in that single. That said, it might not be for everyone. Simon Balthazar's dense, philosophical lyrics might seem kind of jarring next to melodies that are a slick blend of pop, folk and Sufjan-Stevens-esque whatever. Personally, although I can't say I agree much with his philosophy (he means "let's go extinct" pretty literally!), I think it complements the music for an overall effect that is both beautiful and a little unsettling. Good stuff.

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