TUNE Fufanu - 'Circus Life' (6th April)
‘Circus Life’ b/w ‘Goodbye’
Debut Single, 6th April.
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Formerly operating as techno duo, Captain Fufanu, with the addition of live instrumentation – and the band name shortened to a more economical Fufanu (“the Captain was left behind at a rave in Cologne”) – the Icelandic group began working up a dark, metronomic take on 70s and 80s European music.
In the space of one week last November they became the most talked about new band of Iceland Airwaves 2014, made their UK live debut at the JaJaJa Festival and supported Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall - winning the approval of Brian Eno into the bargain.
They repeated the trick earlier this month with dazzling sets at this year’s Eurosonic and are back in the UK for 3 more shows with at the end of March/ start of April:
31st March - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (with Bo Ningen)
1st April - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (with Bo Ningen)
2nd April - Sebright Arms
The rolling, hypnotic, seven minute ‘Circus Life’ having primed early adopters at Rolling Stone (“Disclosure attending Bela Lugosi's funeral”), Line of Best Fit (“…like a mythical Ouroboros”) and JaJaJa (“mesmerising”) is released as Fufanu’s debut single on the 6th April, backed with drolly-titled live opener, ‘Goodbye’.
“By far and away our favourite Icelandic act of the weekend.” Dazed & Confused
“An utterly captivating rock band.” Huw Stephens, NME
“There's a cerebral edge to their lengthy tracks… but this is definitely music concert goers can get aggressive with.” Cool Hunting
“Their bass-heavy, early Cure, Bauhaus-in-the-Batcave sound is as muscular as it is incongruous.” Clash Magazine
“Kaktus weaves (his voice) between the pounding beats and an orchestrated wash of guitars and synths. Their sound is meticulously arranged. They're so damn tight. It's all a bit sexy.” Line of Best Fit
“An intriguing swirl of glaze and propulsion – metallic-paisley guitars, Neu!-like drumming and sharp, chanting vocals, all soaked in painterly electronics.” Rolling Stone
“Easily my favourite Icelandic artist I saw.” Stereogum
The band’s unusual origins go a long way to explaining how Fufanu have arrived at their exacting sound. Live, the mordant wit suggested by song titles like ‘Plastic People’ and ‘Circus Life’ can shift into thrillingly cold malevolence.
"It is an entirely new band, even though it feels the same," considers ‘slyph-like’ singer, Kaktus. "There was no certain moment when we realized that this was our sound. We just liked what we were doing and kept experimenting. From [Roskilde Festival 2013] onward, the idea of a new sound for us was born — although leaving techno was not the outcome we imagined. We started to write new music with more live instruments, but still kept on using all of our synths and drum machines. It all happened really naturally."
Fufanu is: Kaktus Einarsson (vocals)/ Gulli Halldór (guitar/programming). R