Get used to saying the weird bandname “Fanfarlo,” because the London-based indie-pop collective has perfected a sound just between Los Campesinos! and Arcade Fire, merging the playful with the profound and posturing itself for a surefire festival run next summer. The band’s debut, “Reservoir,” is a little mushy at times, but anyone into indie pop won’t dismiss the group as “poor man’s Arcade Fire/Los Campesinos!” (although, given the grandiose, baroque instrumentation, and the occasional use of the melodramatic repeating note on a piano, Fanfarlo is kind of begging for those comparisons). The charm of “Reservoir” lies in its peppy and distinctly indie-pop arrangements: trumpet lines, cutesy xylophones and flowery violins often dance playfully around bouncy basslines, and to great effect—I imagine someone on the Internet has already concocted several montage sequences of “Where the Wild Things Are” set to songs off “Reservoir.” While still a burgeoning act, Fanfarlo sort of encapsulates two of the strongest indie themes of the last five years: the rise of cutesy, twee-pop and beefed-up epic-folk arrangements. Not a bad album to end the decade with. (Andy Seifert)
November 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 525-2508, at 8pm. $10-$12.