Best of What's Next 2009: Fanfarlo [Musicians]

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Hometown: London
Album: Reservoir
Band Members: Simon Balthazar (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), Leon Beckenham (trumpet, keyboards), Justin Finch (bass), Cathy Lucas (violin, keyboard, vocals), Amos Memon (drums)  For Fans Of: Belle and Sebastian, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Coldplay

This adorable chamber-pop ensemble captured our hearts at SXSW, and its swoon-inducing debut Reservoir keeps the magic alive. It’s a sleeper candidate for indie album of the year, with orchestral melodies that curl up beside you like a bookstore cat, then soar and arc onto the horizon like a rainbow.

What’s Next? “We’re planning tours all over the place, in the U.S., Scandinavia and the rest of Europe,” says frontman Simon Balthazar. “But mainly I think we’re itching to get recording again! Perhaps a couple of EPs before we start working on the next album.”

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