Reservoir (album)

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Fanfarlo Reservoir.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 2009 (UK)
September 29, 2009 (USA)
GenreIndie pop, indie folk
LabelRaffle Bat (UK)
Atlantic[1] (USA)
ProducerPeter Katis
Fanfarlo chronology
Rooms Filled with Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
NME8/10 stars [3]
The Skinny4/5 stars[4]

Reservoir is the debut album of the London-based indie folk band Fanfarlo. The album was recorded in October and November 2008 at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States and was produced by Peter Katis. It includes the bands featured singles "Fire Escape" and "Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time", which were released on preceding EPs. Three further singles, "Drowning Men", "The Walls Are Coming Down" and "I'm a Pilot" were released from the album in the summer of 2009.

Cover art[edit]

Sigur Rós's singer Jón Þór Birgisson suggested Lilja Birgisdottir, his sister, to Czech photographer Jan Saudek when they were looking for art for the album cover. Fanfarlo chose a photograph which contained Sigurrós, the little sister of Jón Þór Birgisson,[5] and the namesake of the band Sigur Rós.

Limited edition[edit]

In the UK, a "strictly limited" edition red box set version of the album was released to a selection of independent record stores, containing numerous art cards and the album tied with red and white string.


The album was released by Raffle Bat Records in the United Kingdom in April 2009.

The album was released on September 29, 2009 in the United States on Canvasback Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. The American release features a gray-tinted version of the cover photograph and contains no interior booklet. To promote the album in the United States, Atlantic Records released a single for "Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time" in January 2010 and funded a new music video for the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm a Pilot" – 4:31
  2. "Ghosts" – 4:18
  3. "Luna" – 4:37
  4. "Comets" – 5:44
  5. "Fire Escape" – 3:00
  6. "The Walls Are Coming Down" – 4:15
  7. "Drowning Men" – 4:16
  8. "If It Is Growing" – 2:43
  9. "Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time" – 4:02
  10. "Finish Line" – 3:40
  11. "Good Morning Midnight" – 1:26
  12. "Sand & Ice" (bonus track) – 4:18


  1. ^ [1] Archived November 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. Reservoir at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  3. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Album review: Fanfarlo". Nme.Com. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  4. ^ Album review by Jamie Scott. (2009-05-19). "Fanfarlo - Reservoir". The Skinny. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  5. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise - sigur rós news » 2009 » March » 16". 2009-03-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-12.