Fanfarlo

Let's Go Extinct

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Fanfarlo's first two albums took two very separate routes, from the lush alt-folk of their 2009 debut to the '80s-synth-orientated direction that engulfed 2012's Rooms Filled with Light, and on their third record, Let's Get Extinct, they manage to combine the two. Their bold approach to songwriting isn't suppressed here as they voyage into the depths of human evolution and effortlessly combine this theme with expansive pop melodies. While the band's interpretation of the concept album appears to be a dense philosophical commentary, the approach here is far more whimsical and light-hearted -- aided by the impeccable arrangement of songs like "We're the Future," which builds perfectly on the combination of sounds found on their previous two efforts. There are hints of Arcade Fire's grandiose pop as the album-opener "Life in the Sky" builds majestically, before the spacey chorus and electronics take hold and set the tone for what's to follow. Led by the dulcet tones of Simon Balthazar, and supported by the lush backing harmonies of Cathy Lucas, the record pushes and pulls between disco-inspired beats and poppy synth lines that litter the upbeat "Landlocked" and the sweeping horn and string accompaniment of "Myth of Myself." The band continues to excel with a multitude of instrumentation, ranging from horns blasts and swelling strings, to textured electronic influences that dip in and out of the impassioned, melodic "Painting with Life," matching its contemplative tone. The closing title track finds Balthazar reflect on the rest of the album, and nicely brings an end to a thoroughly satisfying and intriguing record that pushes Fanfarlo toward new boundaries.

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