I first saw Fanfarlo nearly two years ago now, opening the 2007 Green Man Festival. It was a pretty idyllic day, crashed out in the sun in the natural granite amphitheatre of the Brecon Beacons on what was, as it turned out, to be the only day when the weather was anything close to habitable. I’ll admit the weather may have had something to do with it – after all it’s much easier to like a band when you’re sundrunk and horizontal and not liver sick and clagged up to the pelvis in shit and mud – but the soft lilting chords of ‘Sand and Ice’, their opening track, stuck with me and their whole set was like a balm. ‘Sand and Ice’ hasn’t made the album but there are 11 tracks on Reservoir that convey that same gentle, easy warmth.

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