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Fanfarlo - Reservoir
Indie-pop Indie folk
April 2009 (UK) September 29, 2009 (USA)
Notes / Reviews

Reservoir is the debut album of the London-based indie folk band Fanfarlo. The album was recorded in October and November 2008 at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States and was produced by Peter Katis. It includes the bands featured singles "Fire Escape" and "Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time," which were released on preceding EPs. Three further singles, "Drowning Men", "The Walls Are Coming Down" and "I'm A Pilot" were released from the album in the summer of 2009.

Cover art

Sigur Rós's singer Jón Þór Birgisson suggested Lilja Birgisdottir, the sister of Czech photographer Jan Saudek when they were looking for art for the album cover. Fanfarlo chose a photograph which contained Sigurrós, the little sister of Jón Þór Birgisson, and the namesake of the band Sigur Rós.

Limited Edition

In the UK a strictly limited edition red box set version of the album was released to a selection of independent record stores, containing numerous art cards and the album tied with red and white string.


The album was released by Raffle Bat Records in the United Kingdom in April 2009.

The album was released on September 29, 2009 in the United States on Canvasback Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. The American release features a gray-tinted version of the cover photograph and contains no interior booklet. To promote the album in the United States, Atlantic Records released a single for "Harold T. Wilkins or How To Wait For A Very Long Time" in January 2010 and funded a new music video for the song.


Category:2009 albums

Category:Fanfarlo albums

Category:Atlantic Records albums

This text has been derived from Reservoir (album) on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0

Artist/Band Information

Fanfarlo is a London-based indie pop band formed in 2006 by Swedish musician Simon Balthazar and Giles J Davis (who subsequently left before the release of the first single). They fuse elements of folk, indie rock and post punk using eclectic instrumentation including trumpet, violin, mandolin, musical saw and clarinet.

The band, whose name comes from the Charles Baudelaire novella 'La Fanfarlo', started performing live in small London indie clubs in 2006, and released four limited edition 7" singles on London-based indie labels (one of which a split single with Sleeping States) throughout 2006-2008.

Their debut album, 'Reservoir', was recorded in October/November 2008 at Tarquin Studios, Connecticut, USA and was produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol). The album was released in February 2009 on the band's own label Raffle Bat and later licensed to the Atlantic imprint Canvasback, who released it in the UK and US in October 2009 and in Europe in April 2010.

Their single 'The Walls Are Coming Down' was released during September 2009. The music video for the single was directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and features escape artist Roslyn Walker performing the Hanging Straitjacket Escape, a stunt first performed by Harry Houdini in the early 1900s. The stunt was also incorporated into the band's show at Webster Hall in New York on December 19, 2009 (this time by escape artist Michael Lee).


* Amos Memon - drums & percussion, vocals

* Cathy Lucas - violin, keys, mandolin, glock, vocals, musical saw

* Justin Finch - bass, vocals

* Leon Beckenham - trumpet, keyboards, glockenspiel, melodica, vocals

* Simon Balthazar - vocals, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, saxophone, clarinet

In popular media

On 24 September 2009, the song 'Ghosts' from the band's debut album 'Reservoir' featured in Season 6 Episode 2 of Grey's Anatomy. The band's 2007 single 'Fire Escape' featured in Season 6 Episode 4 of Fox's medical drama House on 12 October 2009.

On 15 February 2010, the band made their US television debut appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman performing their single 'Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time'. They have subsequently also performed on Last Call with Carson Dalyhttp and French Canal Plus.

In 2010, their songs Comets and Luna were featured in the Portuguese independent film Um Funeral à Chuva (literally, A Funeral in the Rain).

Their song 'Atlas' is featured on the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (soundtrack). The song was re-recorded in Austin, TX specially for the film and was documented in Episode III of their web series, "Under the Reservoir."

In 2010, a short section of the song "The Walls Are Coming Down" from their album, "Reservoir" was featured in an television advert for the New "Canon Powershot Sx210 IS" digital camera.

Their song 'Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time' featured in the soundtrack to the 2010 film "Going the Distance".

Their song 'The Walls Are Coming Down' is played during the trailer of the 2011 film Win Win directed by Tom McCartney.

Web series

In March 2010, video artist Brian Gonzalezhttp followed the band on their third time playing SXSW music festival in Austin, TX that resulted in a four-part web series entitled Under the Reservoir which premiered on their site June 14, 2010. Each episode uniquely brings to life the two ominous girls on the cover of their debut album while intimately embarking on personal experiences of the band on the road.



* Reservoir (2009, Raffle Bat/Atlantic/Canvasback)


* Talking Backwards (2006, Fortuna POP!)

* You Are One Of The Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us (2007, Label Fandango)

* Fire Escape (2007, White Heat)

* Harold T. Wilkins (2008, Felt Tip Records, split single with Sleeping States)

* Drowning Men (2009, Moshi Moshi Records)

* The Walls Are Coming Down (2009, Moshi Moshi Records)

* Harold T. Wilkins or How To Wait A Very Long Time (2010, Atlantic Records)

* You Are One / What Makes You Think You're The One (2010 Record Store Day Exclusive - limited to a pressing of 3,500 units Atlantic Records)


This text has been derived from Fanfarlo on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0

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