Preview: Fanfarlo at Skully’s

From the March 22, 2012 edition

Fanfarlo frontman Simon Balthazar sings with an uncanny resemblance to Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, and Balthazar’s band is nearly as adept at indie-goes-mainstream New Wave stadium bait. But “Rooms Filled With Light,” the London ensemble’s sophomore LP, feels miles away from Butler’s heavy-handed ruminations on the horrors of suburban life. Instead, the album feels airy and exhilarating thanks to arrangements that make the most of empty space and knob-twiddling from Ben Allen, the producer who helped shape Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion” and Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest.”

Secretly Canadian signees Gardens & Villa will open Tuesday’s gig at Skully’s.