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Chilean band Föllakzoid deliver their fourth studio album a very long four years after their last one. I (confusingly following 2015’s III) differs from their previous albums in that it was constructed painstakingly from dozens of musical stems, rather than done in single live takes with the band in the studio. 

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I by Föllakzoid
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9/10 Will Staff review, 01 August 2019

The best live show I attended in 2018 was, without a doubt, Föllakzoid. They played one song that lasted forty-five minutes, complained incessantly that the stage wasn't dark enough, and walked offstage for ten minutes because a roadie lent on some guitar amps and knocked them over. They were a little shambolic, painfully cool, very brave, and totally enthralling. It's for this reason that I jumped, nay sprung, at the chance to review 'I', their first album in over four years. 

This album is analogous to a sudoku. It's uncompromising and meticulous, monochrome, takes its sweet time, but is hugely rewarding if you immerse yourself in it. 'I' is exactly one hour, comprising two 17 minute tracks and two 13 minute tracks. Föllakzoid's mission statement is to fill "longer spaces of time with fewer and fewer elements" and they do a great job of this on 'I'. Each track is built on a straight 4/4 techno rhythm that never fails to be completely titillating. It's a kind of 21st century lange gerade beat that Klaus Dinger and Neu! pioneered.

Like techno, all of this album is rooted to the bottom end. The bass is dark and subterranean, the beats are blank and impassive. There are other elements, of course, but they're just stilted loops that spiral on and on before going away, like tiny, flighty birds astride a mighty moose. There are also a few vocal parts here and there but these are repeated to the point of incomprehension. To resuscitate the sudoku analogy, 'I' is made up of lots of geometric patterns interlocking and stacking. 

Föllakzoid have made a great expanse of an album. It's vast and sweeping, a towering sonic monolith scraping the sky. 

 

- I apologise for the rather florid and flowery language in this review, which is a departure from my usual pared-down style I'm sure you'll agree. Normal service will resume in the next review. Föllakzoid are just one of those bands you can rhapsodise about...


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