With music that is more stretched out than the country they come from, Föllakzoid are now back with their third LP. On III, the band tries to focus on creating long and minimal soundscapes, combined with their musical ancestors, which yields a haunting and hypnotizing endresult. Now that's föllaked up.
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The number III printed on the front of their new record like three identical towers, Föllakzoid betray their love of symmetry, their ability to take spaced out, kraut-leaning rock music and park it perfectly. They’ve already proved themselves to be aficionados of the slow, repetitive build, using little more than ominous guitar tones, steadied riffs and occasional synth flourishes, but ‘III’ seems to want to do more than that: Föllakzoid won’t be happy until they’re managed to slow the cause of time, and listening to these four songs, I think they’ve just about made it.
Opener “Electric” is pretty self-explanatory, using one crucial riff like a tornado consuming everything else, including harmonics, keys and whispered vocals that feel reverent to the stormy weather. After about eleven minutes we’re ready for “Earth”, which uses discordant chord strums to disorient the listener from their vantage point of sleepy hypnosis. It’s a noisy, unseemly affair, though it’s backed with the same aIr tight rhythm section, so don’t worry too much, yeah? The riffs come back soon enough, anyway.
The back half of ‘III’ feels the most epic, with the desolate riffs of “Piure” grounded with booming bass, like the sun beating down on hollow ground. It’s a gorgeous song which eventually becomes so anxious that its guitars start trembling, giving way to the slicker “Feurzeug”, a tour de force in sly, seamless drumming with plenty of awakening cymbals. Exemplary work all round. Please don’t tow my car away. I was only napping.
8/10 Marie Customer review, 18th April 2015
Discovered and fell in love with this band 3 months ago and within days I'd bought the first two albums and pre ordered this. It's undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of 2015 so far.
If you want to lose yourself for the best part of an hour and be sucked into the almost hypnotic trance that Follakzoid creates then this is the album for you. Vocals are rare and only used when they really add to the atmosphere but who needs them when music sounds this beautiful.
Just close your eyes and become part of their dreamscape .Intricate, layered music that invites discovery with every listen .
9/10 Chris Allan Customer review, 13th April 2015
I've followed Follakzoid since their 2nd album and was fortunate enough to be lost in their cosmic assault at All Tomorrows Parties last year.
The label of Post-Krautrock is an easy one to make, but does the band a disservice: Their brand of insistent and tensioned noise has a unique quality, music that wouldn't have been made in any earlier decade.
Their restraint in keeping any egos from interfering with the total sound is a rare quality, no guitar solos, bursts of sound that die as soon as you think the dam is about to burst.
III immediately sounds different to their earlier work. It's clearer, the synths buzz and echo with no use of the pre-sets that ruin modern keyboards. Every element is carefully dropped into the mix so that it adds to the recipe as the whole evolves.
I dearly hope that Follakzoid don't remain a curiosity from the continent of magic realism.
They deserve to be heard as the best example of music as art today.
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