Monday, July 15, 2013

Listen: Fanfarlo - "Myth of Myself (A Ruse to Exploit Our Weaknesses)"

Even since their infectiously poppy debut, British chamber pop group Fanfarlo have always had a knack for the intellectual. More so lyrically than contextually on the debut before experimenting with the very building blocks of song construction on their very 80s recalling sophomore record, Fanfarlo have always seemed to be interested in how things work. "Myth of Myself (A Ruse to Exploit Our Weaknesses)", the first single from their upcoming as yet untitled third album, sees the group turning their penchant for curious exploration and experimentation inwards; towards themselves.

Once again featuring a change in sound different from the folk-leanings of Reservoir and synthy Rooms Filled With Light, "Myth of Myself" lands somewhere in the realm of an orchestral Dirty Projectors while lacking the harmonies so typical of them. Simon Balthazar's vocals recall a tamer Dave Longstreth while the cresting musical moments establish it firmly as very Fanfarlo track. It's not a Fanfarlo we've ever encountered before but it still manages to keep in line with the group's trademarks: intelligent, poignant lyricism and majestic, heart-fluttering musical moments. While Fanfarlo continue to change sounds from album to album, it's nice to know that at least those two things will stay exactly the same.

Listen to "Myth of Myself (A Ruse to Exploit Our Weaknesses)":

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