Song of the Day: Fanfarlo – The Walls are Coming Down


Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “The Walls are Coming Down,” by Fanfarlo from their 2009 self-released album, Reservoir.

Fanfarlo – The Walls are Coming Down (MP3)

“The Walls are Coming Down” pickpockets a bit of everything enjoyable from pop’s lengthy history. The melody twinkles, the lyrics are quaint, and the tune is short and sweet. Fanfarlo packs their tunes with horns, glockenspiels, chimes, and other instruments from fairy’s fluttering wings to counterbalance the traditional guitar, bass, and drums. The kicker is how fast “The Walls are Coming Down” flies by, tapping into pop’s oft forgotten secret — although it would smack us in the face should we ignore it: the quicker the song, the more we’re likely to love it and wear it thin. We’ve all had those moments when our finger has been glued to a Rewind/Reverse button to listen to a new pop fantasy over and over. It began in childhood and it’ll continue until age or apathy forcefully removes that finger. Until that time, we shall keep it pressed upon mousepad, at the ready to listen to flamboyantly contained wonderment of “The Walls are Coming Down.”

Fanfarlo will be spending the summer touring season in their native United Kingdom — details are available via the band’s MySpace page. We always have a way to help you get over your sadness quickly (beyond the advice of buying a costly plane ticket and vacationing in England, though it’d be grand), and today is no different. Please to enjoy the music video for “Harold T. Jenkins”:

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