Exciting news as Icelandic boys Fufanu follow up their Circus Life debut with an EP of brand new material. ‘Adjust to the Light’ is released as a 12” Vinyl and Digital Download via One Little Indian on Monday 29th June.
Molten opener Will We Last – full of clangorous, metallic guitars and syncopated bass – fizzes with non-specific dread (“I’ve been deaf in the mornings/ Since a late night in June”) and prefaces three more tracks of circumspect post-punk and glassy existential contemplation. The mood is pulled into softer focus by The Hours pulsing synth lines, before the stark isolation of City Lights draws a curtain over proceedings. By comparison, it is perhaps Blinking’s attitude of playfulness that most straightforwardly reflects the wit, boldness and confidence of the band right now.
In the space of one week last November Fufanu became the most talked about new band of Iceland Airwaves, made their UK live debut at JaJaJa Festival and supported Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall – winning the approval of Brian Eno into the bargain. January saw the band perform crushing sets at Eurosonic before a return to the UK supporting The Vaccines on their sold out nationwide tour during March/ April – also slipping in a memorable two-night stand with Bo Ningen at Hoxton Bar & Grill.
1. Will We Last
2. The Hours
4. City Lights (In The Light Of The Night Demo)
Formerly operating as techno duo, Captain Fufanu, by adding more live instruments to their sound – the band name shortened to Fufanu – began working up a dark, psychedelicized take on 70s/ 80s European music inspired by Kraftwerk, early Simple Minds, Roxy Music and New Order.
“There was no certain moment when we realized that this was our sound. I think we just liked what we were doing and kept experimenting. From [last year’s Roskilde Festival] onward, the idea of a new sound for us was born — although leaving techno was not the outcome we imagined. It all happened really naturally.”
“The music world needs more maniacs; that much is for sure. Samuel Herring of FUTURE ISLANDS proved in 2014 that there’s a certain demand for charismatic front singers. Hrafnkell Kaktus could bet he next in line. The lead singer of Icelandic psychedelic rock outfit FUFANU unleashes its inner Ian Curtis from the moment his band members starts playing. The almost BAUHAUS-like dark wave intensity of these young fellas from the North was as lot as possible, it was desperate and angry while they also refused themselves to familiar song structures”
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2 Other photographs at AI 2014 by ROK photographer Sonja Verbeeck