Place You Can’t Remember and Can’t Forget

London’s six-pieced Fanfarlo’s Reservoir is surely worth adding to your collection. Strong utilization of instruments that include trumpets, violins, mandolins, and accordions is always welcomed in my book, and it also doesn’t hurt that the band has an Arcade Fire/Beirut/David Byrne vocal feel going on.  My ears first tuned in with “Harold T. Wilkins”:

For an interesting back story on how Reservoir‘s release came about, I recommend the band’s retelling on the official website.  Fortunately, Fanfarlo’s goodness doesn’t stop in the studio.  For live proof, check out this Secret Garden session courtesy of Hooves on the Turf:

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While on the topic, Secret Garden is a mini-documentary series that films bands performing a few songs outside the context of a regular show, and I wholly agree with Hooves on the Turf’s reasoning for establishing the series:

If it weren’t for people’s obsession with the process of music, there would be no air guitar tournaments, and years spent fantasizing yourself performing some of your favorite songs would vanish. Some people don’t care to watch the bands on stage as long as they can listen, but for others, the slight movement of hands, the swing of the arms, and the expression of faces that manufacture bits of sound that converge to form music makes a whole lot of a difference (though music videos seem to do the opposite, often distracting you from the music). And sometimes, a song you hadn’t specially cared for finally claims your attention when casually hummed by a friend.

The perfection that is sought for in a studio recording and at a live performance, though to a lesser degree in the latter, often pushes the process to an invisible terrain, in varying degrees. Unfortunately, these processes are allowed to surface only in private moments, barred from the audience. Some of La Blogotheque’s Take Away shows are so fabulous because they’re extremely successful in bringing said process to the forefront (which I find the Black Cab Sessions to do less of), and I believe Vincent Moon’s crew does it unknowingly. Though our videos will be no match to either, it’s this process we’re chasing after, knowingly.

New Secret Garden performances are uploaded every Friday, but I’m most excited for the June 9th session of previously blogged about Tallest Man on Earth.  In the meantime, you can check out the Tallest Man SXSW performances (part 1 and part 2) from Austin.  I’m loving the camera work.

I feel like it’s also important to note that, excluding this post’s title, I just wrote about a music-related “Secret Garden” topic without incorporating Bruce in any way.  You really can dream the impossible!

One Response to “Place You Can’t Remember and Can’t Forget”

  1. walthers2 Says:

    im more surprised you went the whole blog post without mentioning the novel ‘the secret garden’ by frances hodgson burnett. i know how much you love turn of the century coming of age women stories, you sly dog you.

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