Fans of the Twilight soundtrack have a reason to rejoice this week. Yesterday, London based Brit-folk group, Fanfarlo, launched the first episode of their four part mini-series documenting the band’s journey to the SXSW Festival earlier this spring (not the first time web series and SXSW have mixed). The series, named Under the Reservoir as a homage to the group’s 2009 debut album entitled ‘Reservoir’, mixes the band’s sweet melodies with intoxicating visuals that are at once both eery and evocative. All five memebrs, including Amos Memon, Cathy Lucas, Justin Finch, Leon Beckenham, and Simon Balthazar, share screen time.
Production took place on location at the festival in Austin and captured plenty of the band’s live performances, as well as a ‘waking dream’ storyline, all produced by experimental cinematographer, Brian Gonzalez. “Any feelings of confusion are entirely deliberate,” said a spokesperson for the band, who also released an official introduction to the series:
We’d never actually met just-out-of-film-school-cinematographer Brian Gonzalez before spending every waking – and some sleeping – moments with him tailing us round this year’s SXSW festival film camera in hand. He turned out to be a tenacious little whatshisname with his own agenda and no respect for our boundaries, so after a while (ooh, maybe 4 or 5 minutes) we stopped trying to be on our best behaviour and decided to let it all hang out, come what may…
With no brands or sponsors attached, the series will clearly serve as a marketing vehicle for the impending release of Fanfalo’s newest album next month. New 5-7 minute episodes will drop weekly through early July on the band’s website and promise more than a glimpse into the slightly off-kilter behind-the-scenes action that takes place in Austin each year.
Fanfarlo’s music video from ‘The Walls Are Coming Down’