London-based Fanfarlo is the type of indie band that's easy to get along with. The quintet's songs are spritely, instrumentally rich and not too dense or difficult to consume. Fanfarlo's modest brand of indie pop contains elements of post-punk, folk and baroque pop--with added color from mandolin, melodica, musical saw, horns and other unusual instruments.
The band released its sophomore album, Rooms Filled with Light, in February. The album contains all of Fanfarlo's trademark musical signatures, with lots of apparent influence from its predecessors: for example, David Byrne on the quirky, glockenspiel-and-synth-driven "Lenslife," Arcade Fire on the anthemic and driving "Tightrope," and Andrew Bird on the nimble, delicately plucked "A Flood."
Fanfarlo's music is especially appealing from the stage, where the band delivers its rich indie rock in full glory--glockenspiels and all.[ Video is no longer available. ]