Occasionally you get a band that both stun and stump you simultaneously. Föllakzoid are precisely that band with their new release, I, for many reasons, hypnotic, psychedelic, ambient reasons. This feeling of getting lost, being suspended in their minimal space-rock cocoon, however, does not make it a simple to task to actually sit down and describe the album in the best way that I can. Most certainly one to be listened to with a decent pair of headphones, you will feel immersed in their world of synth and percussion, which would be most pleasing with a visualisation.
Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends from Santiago, Chile. Heavily influenced by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has fused this with contemporary sounds of their times, culminating a minimal atmosphere. ‘I’ will be their fourth full-length release and third via Sacred Bones.
The band intriguingly have an aim with each record to fill longer spaces of time with fewer and fewer elements. Conceptual, the band focus on a perspective 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. It is safe to say that throughout the album, you have no sense of where in the track or the album you might be, simply entranced by the sounds that fill that space.
This record took three months to compose and compile out of more than 60 separate stems – guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, and vocals, all recorded in isolation. They then involved Atom TM, their producer, who they asked to re-organize the four sequences, I, II, III and IIII. The result of this was a set of songs that combined the band’s and producer’s structural vision and frequency modulations. We are left with listening to something that guides us on a sonic journey, with no rational formula to the songs, as we know them.
But all you can really do with this record is go with it, let the modulations and frequencies take you on a temporal journey, filling the void. Worth the time and space, these sequences are a sonic delight. Fall into this rabbit hole of minimal space-rock, should you dare.
I is out now, via Sacred Bones.