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Driving you through the snowstorm with Fufanu

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The Winter Light Festival is trying to kick the darkness out from the city. Days are getting brighter and seems like a summer depression is slowly sneaking into our life. Open your doors wider, catch some disappearing dimness as long as you can do it. Also let Fufanu in. Or better run after them in the snowstorm if you have an opportunity because it seems like lately they play more abroad than on our playground. That’s what we actually want for them, isn’t it? So good for them. Not that slowly but definitely steady Fufanu makes it to the top. Do you know this unspoken feeling under your skin when you see some band for the first time and in the calm before the storm you know that something meaningful will happen to that team?

With a dark, heavy and a bit electronic sound Fufanu creates a specific atmosphere that is mostly assimilable in a dim light. They make an immense impression exploring and composing within dark cold wave genre. Well, I saw them almost sunbaking – men in black – on the stage but I felt then a bit like a vampire, cause the sun burnt too much and shone too much. Apparently, my tolerance for vitamin D seems to be limited while listening to Fufanu. I envied them those black classy sunglasses and thought I’m looking forward to listening to them in the wintertime. Try it then.

The duo grows up specially for concerts into 5-piece team of Fufanu. Together they deliver nicely blubbery and synthetic basses hidden in the shadow. I shouldn’t believe in bands without live bass guitar but they convinced me… or I‘m just aware it‘s dangerous to mess with them. The band offers intricately built walls of guitars, impressive crazy strong drums paths and relentless groove. A gloominess, a pinch of shoe-gazing and some kind of psychedelic abyss of the sounds with a bit schizophrenic element that musicians of Fufanu would push you into. Their charismatic singer would easily hypnotize you and along with his band mates will win the crowd. So, close your eyes now and wake up in a dark room. Are you still in the same time and space dimension…? Don‘t worry if you don‘t feel like this. Maybe it’s not this moment yet. But it will happen soon for sure.

Surrounded by the darkness and colorful smoke, Fufanu make a big impression and I think that my mind is sometimes too tight. Imagining that the band was once a techno duo is rather difficult task for me but I’m glad of the decision they made and the way they evolved and took this dark direction. Now with every show they dig deeper and go further. Moreover, I can be grateful to Hrafnkell Flóki Kaktus Einarsson and Guðlaugur Halldór Einarsson for exploring various fields of sound and adding powerful live drums. Bingo! While staring at them on stage you can see how they know their own mind and if you didn’t click immediately with them, it’s just a matter of time, because they play it intense. Soon you will be hoofing it like those people from the recording above.

I await several Icelandic albums this year. A debut album of Fufanu is in this exclusive group. Hey, do you know that it’s gonna be released by London based famous One Little Indian? I can tell you a secret… you won’t stay neutral. I can bet.

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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