Fanfarlo

Wednesday

SXSW Records

Fanfarlo

Reservoir (Canvasback/Atlantic)

Formed in London in 2006 by Swedish musician Simon Balthazar, Fanfarlo finally unleashed its debut, Reservoir, last year. The largely acoustic quintet has been described as Beirut meets Okkervil River: There's the rollicking, rootsy melodies of Okkervil and the almost vaudevillian use of brass and strings per Beirut. There's also an element here that defies description, in the tension between the delicately plucked strings and the lyrical fatalism of "The Walls Are Coming Down." It's in the sugarcoated violence of "Comets" and the upbeat isolation of "Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time." From the dirge-like clash of opener "I'm a Pilot" to the peaceful strains of "Good Morning Midnight," Reservoir explores the interstices between beauty and hideousness, the duality of existence, while also manifesting compelling and eminently listenable music. (Wed., 10pm, Galaxy Room Backyard; Fri., 12mid, the Ale House.)

****

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters/ for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

READ MORE
More Fanfarlo
SXSW 2012 Records
Fanfarlo
Rooms Filled With Light (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, March 16, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Black Pistol Fire
Deadbeat Graffiti (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Oct. 27, 2017

Texas Platters
Protextor & Brother Bear
American Neon (Record Review)

Kahron Spearman, Oct. 27, 2017

More by Melanie Haupt
Staying Healthy to Stay in School
Staying Healthy to Stay in School
National nonprofit Communities in Schools looks at the role of food in education

Sept. 22, 2017

Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?
Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?
Austin real estate pushes restaurateurs beyond city limits

June 9, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Fanfarlo

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)