Fanfarlo pushes the boundaries of song length 

Why does a single have to be only three or four terse minutes long?

That was the question that Simon Balthazar and his UK outfit Fanfarlo posed via its new single “Deconstruction,” out today through all digital music retailers.

So they tacked on a B-side “meditation” on the song’s ingredients, “Reconstruction,” that wends its whimsical way for 15 experimental minutes. But would you expect anything less from a hyperliterate band that took its name from a Baudelaire novella?

No. No, you wouldn’t.

Naturally, there’s a full album on the way. And “Rooms Filled With Light” hits shelves Feb. 28, with a tasty sample called “Replicate” already available as a free download on their website,

The album was produced by Ben Allen, and the “Deconstruction” video was directed by Alex Southam.

Says the Swedish-born Balthazar, “To me, the record is really about what a weird and intense experience it is just to be alive, and to try to make sense of the modern world with all its bewildering pressures and possibilities.”

Would you expect anything less sweeping in scope from Fanfarlo?

No. No, you wouldn’t.

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