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Huge, great, bleak towers of sound. Nimble rhythmic undercurrents. The twin and unlikely ghosts of both post-punk and electronic techno.
Nobody sounds like Fufanu, but 18 months on from their hugely acclaimed 2015 debut, A Few More Days To Go, the Icelandic trio’s eagerly-anticipated second album, Sports, throws some new ingredients into the mix.
Thus, Sports [the track, and lead-off single] isn’t about sports at all.
Officially, the Fufanu story begins in 2008, when Kaktus met Gulli in school, and – glancing at his schoolmate’s iTunes, noticed that they listened to a lot of the same techno and electronic.
“It was happy electronica,” remembers Kaktus. “We were aiming for something deeper, but didn’t have the capabilities. The reason we never released anything as Captain Fufanu was that as soon as we had something ready, we aimed for something new, more challenging.”
In fact, a twist of fate did for Captain Fufanu: when the studio was burgled and all the music taken, this fatefully combined with a desire to reinvent the band. Although Captain Fufanu were instrumental, Kaktus had started writing lyrics during a stint in London. While he was away, Gulli had been creating a new soundscape, which Kaktus says “really conveyed what I was thinking.” In came organic instruments – guitars and such – to add to the electronics, Kaktus discovered that he had a stark, imposing voice that suited the songs perfectly and the Fufanu sound was born.


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