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It's taken Fufanu almost seven years to deliver their debut album, but it hasn't been for a lack of ambition. Formed around 2008 when members Kaktus and Gulli Einarsson (no relation) were still in their teens and initially known as Captain Fufanu, the duo started out making experimental techno/electronic music, but never got around to recording anything due to a case of musical ADD and also circumstance: “We were always developing. We knew what we wanted to make and as soon as we got there we wanted to do something else” recalls Kaktus. When they finally did have something ready to release, a burglary of their studio one night resulted in the theft of not only the recordings but also the backups (an incident referenced in the song 'Wire Skulls'). Where most groups may have called it quits or attempted to start over from scratch, the duo instead took the opportunity to continue moving forward in an entirely different direction.

Shortening their name to Fufanu (“the Captain was left behind at a rave in Cologne”) and incorporating live instruments into their music, Few More Days To Go captures the pair's shift towards a more guitar-based sound. They haven't completely abandoned electronic music though, and traces of their previous guise mostly lingers in the framework of some of the songs like 'Wire Skulls', where a synth bass hums almost like an electrical current over a shuddering programmed beat, or in the futuristic blips on 'Northern Gannet'. 'Circus Life' in turn is seven minutes worth of ponderous and moody post-punk and 'Ballerina In The Rain' is a beautifully warped and queasy mix of neo-psychedelic and synth-pop.

While most reviews have so far compared Fufanu to standard issue post-punk luminaries like Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Bauhaus, etc--with Kaktus' vocals in particular earning comparisons to those of Ian Curtis--the group have made it clear they are influenced only by their own desire to make exactly the kind of music they want to listen to. (It's worth noting that Kaktus hadn't even heard of Curtis prior to the press comparisons.) Personally, their music reminds me a bit of the playful experimentation of the first two undervalued Simple Minds albums, only a little less messier.

With its ten songs spread over 50-minutes, Few More Days To Go is a little lengthy and inconsistent, most of its strongest material fills out the front half while the back end stalls and never quite manages to sustain the momentum or the excitement it started out with. Outside of 'Ballerina In The Rain', everything else falls flat with 'Blinking' sounding like the band discovered Parquet Courts during the recording process while 'In The Light Of The Night' tries unsuccessfully to reproduce the same slow-building gleeful tension of 'Circus Life'. Missteps aside, Few More Days To Go is a mostly impressive effort not only for what it has already accomplished, but also for the potential it also hints at.

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