Föllakzoid continue to trace their own path with a new album still very rooted in krautrock but leaning more towards electronics, and being more minimalist than the previous ones. It also sounds like much more mastered, the band definitvely continues to hone their craft in a very interesting direction. Favorite track: III.
The long-awaited fourth full-length by Föllakzoid isn’t merely a recalibration for the band. It is a multidimensional reconsideration of what the process of songwriting, performance, and creating a work of recorded music can be.
Föllakzoid grows via depuration, aiming with each record to fill longer spaces of time with fewer and fewer elements. The creative perspective of the band has always been about unlearning the narrative and musical knowledge that shape the physical and digital formats and conceptions available, both visually and musically in order to make a time-space metric structure that dissolves both the author and the narrative paradigms. “We found our sonic and metric identity even more in these songs than in our previous attempts,” guitarist/singer Domingæ Garcia-Huidobro explains.
Unlike past Föllakzoid records, that were done in single takes with the full band, this record took three months to construct out of more than 60 separate stems – guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, and vocals, all recorded in isolation. Producer Atom TM, who was not present for recording, was then asked to re-organize the four sequences of stems without any length, structural restrictions or guidelines. Those sequences ultimately became the four long tracks that appear on I.
The result of this was a set of songs where neither the band’s, nor the producer’s, structural vision primarily shaped the metric or tonal space shifts, but where both were still subliminally present in each of the parts that form the structure and the frequency modulations that guide them.
“We invite you to join us in sharing the experience of being led by this non-rational, sonic artform and its energy. It is also an invitation to connect once again with your inner master and his intuition, erasing the systematic rationalization that usually follows creative forces when perceived, to guide you on this holographic simultaneous simulation where reality is rooted in,” Domingae added.
Another very accessible and beautiful piece of work by Kikagaku Moyo. Some haunting psych-tunes with a more or less folky edge dominate on this album. Very hard to choose a favourite. Papa Jay (Radio Smorgasbord)
Simply one of my favorite albums in contemporary music. Every single track sets a different mood, and they're all quite dreamy. If you can, I highly recommend seeing these guys live as well. It's quite the experience. jaylecavalier
I am a big fan of music with psychedelic tendencies as long as melodies and harmonies are not completely buried under tons of distorted guitars and weird noises.
This album nails it for me. Very easy to listen to and a good balance between mystical psych-soundscapes, acid-folk and slow hypnotic grooves. Papa Jay (Radio Smorgasbord)