Originating from the Nordic mountain valleys of Valdres, London based Farao makes emotionally intense, explorative, celestial pop music that reflects the serenity and depth of the majestic landscape of her homeland. ‘Till It’s All Forgotten’ comprises ten tracks composed and orchestrated almost exclusively by this ethereal multi instrumentalist.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 September 2015
I've got it into my head that this album is going to be a bit overshadowed by the forthcoming Julia Holter opus. It shouldn't. While Holter's record is probably going to be a future classic, Farao's shouldn't be underestimated. It's one of those records we've played regularly in the office without anyone really knowing what it is -- when it gets played again it's all lovingly familar and the hooks hit harder.
What we have is bright and danceable electronic pop with an experimental edge. Opener 'TIAF' has vocal cascades that might remind you of Holter; 'Bodies' proves that Farao's voice is even more swooping than I thought. Turns out this is co-produced by Tunng's Mike Lindsay and the record is full of invention. The only problem I'm having is sticking with it all the way through -- a few tracks drift by a bit inconsequentially but the thing is this - you have to keep going because if you make it through the lesser moments you get the best track right at the very end. 'Are You Real' has stuttery drums, curdled horns and the most infectious vocal hook this side of the new Holter. A tremendous track which really should have opened the record but at least leaves you on a dizzying high. Certainly worth not forgetting about this one.
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